About: Absorption capacity

Agrifood 11-09-2017

Environmentalists push for ‘fitness check’ and clear goals in the next CAP

Europe’s biggest alliance of environmental groups has called for a thorough fitness check of the EU’s flagship Common Agricultural Policy, questioning its structure, implementation and impact, and proposing a far-reaching overhaul to ensure it is up to the challenges of the 21st century.
Brexit 27-07-2016

Barnier, battler of British bankers, is Commission’s new Brexit boss

Michel Barnier, the former financial services Commissioner with a testy relationship with the City of London, will lead the Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom, the European Commission announced today (27 July).
Central Europe 31-10-2012

Scholar: EU backslides from diversity to differentiation

There is a tendency in the EU, especially when dealing with Central and Eastern Europe, to turn the reality of the European diversity into a differentiation policy, says Vasile Pu?ca?, a Romanian scholar and diplomat who was his country’s chief negotiator in the EU accession talks.
Central Europe 18-12-2006

EU tightens rules for future enlargement

On 15 December 2006, European leaders opted for a stricter application of membership criteria as Turkey talks are partially suspended.
Enlargement 27-11-2006

Absorption capacity – the wrong debate

This article, by Katinka Barysch of the Centre for European Reform, argues that the absorption-capacity debate has so far only looked at the negative side of the enlargement balance sheet.
Enlargement 09-11-2006

From ‘absorption’ to ‘integration capacity’

The Commission has fleshed out what 'absorption capacity' actually means for future EU-applicant countries.
Enlargement 23-10-2006

Stubb: ‘We need a Constitutional Treaty before further enlargement’

European People's Party MEP Alexander Stubb favours institutional reform to accommodate further enlargement, but thinks that “absorption capacity” should not be a formal criterion for candidate countries.
Future EU 10-10-2006

Analysis: Just what is the EU’s ‘absorption capacity’?

A Centre for European Policy Studies(CEPS) paper argues that the term “absorption capacity” should be dropped, as it gives a pseudo-scientific impression unless defined and deconstructed into more precise and objective elements.
Enlargement 29-09-2006

Analysis: Absorption capacity – old wine in new bottles?

This paper, issued by the European Policy Centre, argues that a definition of absorption capacity will have little or no impact on the public’s opinion of enlargement.
Enlargement 27-09-2006

EU stakeholders applaud Bulgaria-Romania accession

The vast majority of European stakeholders agree with the accession of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007, but opinions diverge on future enlargement.
Enlargement 26-09-2006

Bulgaria and Romania join in 2007

The Commission president has announced the accession of Bulgaria and Romania in 2007 under toughened conditions, but also declared an “enlargement pause”. [includes link to report]
Enlargement 26-09-2006

2007 accession for Bulgaria and Romania – with probation

The Commission is to announce the 2007 accession of Bulgaria and Romania under tough conditions. Meanwhile, the Commission president has announced an 'enlargement pause'.
Central Europe 27-06-2006

Analysis: “Absorption capacity” – a fallacious concept?

Frank Vibert (Director of the European Policy Forum) argues that the debate on the EU's "absorption capacity" is in fact "a diversion" from the real challenges facing Europe today.
Future EU 16-06-2006

EU cements ‘absorption capacity’ as the new stumbling block to enlargement

EU leaders brought in more transparency for future Council meetings and sealed 'absorption' as the new rhetoric joker on enlargement at the EU Summit.

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