Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: July 18, 1996

Statement on Signing Legislation Authorizing Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status for Bulgaria,
July 18, 1996

Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 2853, authorizing the termination of the application of Title IV of the Trade Act of 1974 to Bulgaria. It permits the President to accord permanent most-favored-nation (MFN) status to Bulgaria.

This is an important milestone in U.S.-Bulgarian relations. Bulgaria joins Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia as democratic countries from which the United States has fully removed trade restrictions that originated in concerns about human rights practices during the Cold War period. The legislation signals America’s confidence in the political development of Bulgaria and reaffirms America’s commitment to Bulgaria as it continues its difficult and historic economic transformation.

Bulgaria’s favorable record on immigration, its progress in the protection of human rights and development of a democratic, free-market society, and the establishment of cooperative relations with the United States helped facilitate passage of H.R. 2853.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
July 18, 1996.

Note: H.R. 2853, approved July 18, was assigned Public Law No. 104-162.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing Legislation Authorizing Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status for Bulgaria, July 18, 1996," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, July 19, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543 Original Sources, accessed January 20, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KRLLJUABUNDPF2.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing Legislation Authorizing Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status for Bulgaria, July 18, 1996." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, July 19, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543, Original Sources. 20 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KRLLJUABUNDPF2.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing Legislation Authorizing Most-Favored-Nation Trade Status for Bulgaria, July 18, 1996' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1996. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, July 19, 1996 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996), 32:2543. Original Sources, retrieved 20 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KRLLJUABUNDPF2.