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Central Europe 16-04-2007

Turkey frustrated over EU-accession talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has underlined the need for the EU and Turkey to 'edge closer', following Ankara's harsh criticism of the current Turkish EU-membership talks.
Central Europe 06-03-2007

Turkish business wants EU membership by 2014

Turkish business association TÜSIAD is pushing for the country joining the EU soon. However, the current stalemate in Turkish EU-membership talks is yet to be overcome.
Central Europe 09-10-2006

Croatia wants to join by 2009 despite ‘enlargement pause’

Croatia has high hopes for EU entry even though there have been calls for an “enlargement pause”. Meanwhile, Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn says that the Union will stick to its commitments towards the country.
Enlargement 27-09-2006

Press review: latest enlargement sparks debate

The international press offered different perspectives on the Commission’s decision to admit Bulgaria and Romania into the EU in 2007. EURACTIV presents a selection.
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'.
Enlargement 05-09-2006

Bulgaria and Romania to join EU in 2007 under strict conditions

The two candidate countries are ready to join the club in 2007, but the Commission decided to put tough conditions on their entry.
Enlargement 04-09-2006

Enlargement commissioner gives warning to Bulgaria

Commissioner Olli Rehn has called upon Bulgaria to take reforms seriously; he said that more progress was needed on justice and home affairs.
Enlargement 06-04-2006

Sofia irked after ‘Euroslap’

The Bulgarian government has reacted sharply to reproaches by the Commission of having made only limited progress on the country's way to EU accession.
Enlargement 30-08-2005

Bulgaria running late on EU deadlines

Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev made an urgent visit to Brussels on 29 August 2005, to convince the Commission that his country will make up for a backlash in transposing crucial EU legislation.
Enlargement 23-08-2005

Romanian prime minister gets a tougher grip on EU accession

As a part of a major reshuffle of his cabinet, Romania's head of government has appointed Anca-Daniela Boagiu minister for European integration.
Enlargement 19-12-2001

WWF deplores lack of public debate on enlargement

The European Union's enlargement process risks sidelining the public, which may threaten the public support for enlargement as well as the Union's record of transparency and openness, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) warned. It proposes that the EU should attempt to remedy this situation by seeking public input on official positions and making its negotiating positions publicly available.
Oil and Industry 18-12-2001

Spanish Presidency ready for take-off

The Spanish government of Prime Minister Aznar is taking over the EU Presidency from Belgium on 1 January 2002. Spain's foreign minister Josep Piqué, presented the priorities of the future Spanish Presidency on 17 December at a press conference in Brussels.
Enlargement 17-12-2001

DB Research: Regatta enlargement still possible

In its latest Enlargement Monitor, Deutsche Bank Research says that two different scenarios are still possible for the EU's enlargement: a big-bang enlargement to 10 candidates or a regatta enlargement to smaller groups of candidates.
Enlargement 17-12-2001

EU leaders name countries to join in 2004

The leaders of the 15 Member States named a list of ten candidate countries eligible to join the EU in 2004 at the Laeken summit on 15 December. Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic and Slovenia could be ready to join if the present rate of progress of the negotiations and reforms in the candidate countries is maintained.
Enlargement 25-06-2001

DB Research: Enlargement after Gothenburg – false sense of security

Deutsche Bank Research: no binding commitments to enlargement target dates
Enlargement 19-06-2001

Germany reassures Poland on early EU entry

German Chancellor Schröder reassures Polish Prime Minister Buzek on early EU entry
Enlargement 18-06-2001

Fixed dates for enlargement?

Candidate countries welcome timetable for enlargement and statement that process is irreversible despite Irish "No"
Enlargement 06-06-2001

Swedish Presidency insists on setting enlargement dates

Swedish Presidency wants to set EU enlargement dates at Gothenburg Summit and allow participation of non-Member States in 2004 European election
Enlargement 04-04-2001

Poland makes U-turn on EU accession date

Poland agrees that joining the EU in 2005 would be acceptable
Enlargement 22-03-2001

Landaburu: Lack of public support a danger for enlargement

Lack of public support and debate are seen as enlargement's greatest problem according to one of Commission's enlargement chiefs
Enlargement 29-01-2001

Bulgaria calls for ‘big bang’ enlargement in 2004

Bulgarian President Stoyanov suggests political EU membership for all candidates in 2004
Enlargement 17-01-2001

Verheugen predicts speedup of enlargement

Commissioner Verheugen sees window of opportunity for enlargement between 2002 and 2004
Enlargement 25-10-2000

Schröder: EU could enlarge by the end of 2002

German Chancellor Schröder says the EU could admit new members by the end 2002.