UK supports setting enlargement target dates, but not this year

UK Foreign Secretary Cook repeated his call for setting EU enlargement target dates during his visit in the Czech Republic.

UK Foreign Secretary Robin Cook repeated his call for setting firm target dates for European Union’s enlargement during his visit in the Czech Republic on 26 July, but added that the December EU summit in Nice would not achieve this goal.

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said during his visit to Poland on the same day that Germany wanted the EU to set a deadline for completing enlargement negotiations, however Berlin supports a “realistic approach”.

Several Central and Eastern European candidate countries would like the EU to set a date for completing negotiations at the end of 2001, so that they could join the Union on 1 January 2003.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Subscribe