Romania, which became a member of the UN on 14 December 1955, participates in ECE and all the non-regional specialized agencies except the IDA. Romania is also a member of the WTO, and participates in G-77, the only former Warsaw Pact member to do so. Romania has also applied for membership in the EU and is a signatory to the Law of the Sea. In 1997, France made a highly publicized, but ultimately failed, move to allow Romania to join NATO in that organization's first move into the former Soviet bloc. Nonetheless, Romania was formally invited to join NATO in November 2002. As of 2003, it was tentatively slated to accede to EU membership in 2007.