Enlargement

Economy & Jobs 14-09-2016

Letta: EU leaders must leave ‘business as usual’ at home before going to Bratislava

In Bratislava this week, EU heads of state and government should show clear resolve that they are departing from business as usual, and President of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker should raise the bar, said Enrico Letta in a Citizens’...
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13-11-2014

Turkish EU minister: It is time for the EU to stop being prisoner of the Cyprus question

The Cyprus issue should not take over on EU-Turkish relations. The EU should “look at the forest” where there are “huge benefits”, Turkey’s EU affairs minister Volkan Bozk?r told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
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Economy & Jobs 29-10-2014

Barroso says ‘adeus’ after 10 years

He has been the longest-serving EU leader. After 10 years in office, outgoing European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso gave his last press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.
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01-10-2014

Hahn: No new member states over next five years

In his confirmation hearing at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, Austrian Commissioner-designate for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said that no new countries will join the EU during the next five years.
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23-06-2014

EU urges Turkey to restore judiciary independence

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle has called on Turkey to restore the independence of its judiciary, if Ankara wants to make progress towards EU accession.
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30-04-2014

Barroso on EU enlargement anniversary: “Europe is stronger, richer and safer”

Europe will celebrate on Thursday the 10th anniversary of the most extensive EU enlargement ever. Ten years ago, on 1 May 2004, ten countries joined the EU: Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.
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31-03-2014

EU calls on Turkey to step up reforms after Erdogan claims victory in local elections

The European Union has called on Turkey to step up reforms on democracy, rule of law and freedom of expression, after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan declared victory in local polls on Sunday.
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04-03-2014

MEPs call for constitutional reform in Turkey

MEPs expressed on Monday deep concern at recent developments in Turkey concerning allegations of high-level corruption.
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22-01-2014

Greek EU Presidency: FYROM must respect EU values

Evangelos Venizelos, the foreign minister of Greece, which holds the Council of the EU's rotating presidency, said on Tuesday that the main obstacle to Macedonia’s EU membership was the country’s lack of respect for European values.
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21-01-2014

Turkey’s Erdogan visits Brussels amid corruption scandal

Amid EU concerns over the state of democracy in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pushed for Turkey's EU membership bid on Monday in his first visit to Brussels in 5 years. Erdogan's trip comes after top EU officials expressed their worries on the independence of the Turkish judiciary system and the lack of media freedom.
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16-12-2013

EU and Turkey sign immigration deal

Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström signed today (16 December) in Ankara a landmark agreement opening the way for lifting visa requirements for Turks travelling to the EU within three years. Malmström also signed with the Turkish Minister of Interior Muammer Güler a EU-Turkey readmission agreement.
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04-11-2013

Commission condemns violence in Kosovo on election day

The European Commission condemned the violent episode that took place in northern Kosovo on Sunday, as the Balkan country went to the polls in what was seen an election designed to help end years of de facto ethnic partition. Undermining a fragile EU-pact between the Balkan country and Serbia, masked men burst into three schools housing polling stations on the Serb side, lobbing tear gas and smashing ballot boxes in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica, a volatile Serb pocket of northern Kosovo.