German Chancellor Schröder reassures Polish Prime Minister Buzek on early EU entry
Poland’s request for 18-year ban on sale of agricultural land to non-nationals also remains a source of contention with Germany and the EU. The 15 are willing to concede a seven-year transition period for Polish agricultural land.
The two leaders did not clarify their intentions on enlargement dates. January 2003 remains Poland’s official objective to join the EU, while the leaders of the 15 set 2004 as an objective at their Summit in Gothenburg on 16 June. The German chancellor remains cautious on target dates, however, insisting the EU has set a timetable but did not fix a firm date.