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Enlargement 17-06-2008

Europe and the Balkans: What’s to be done?

The EU must "show that it can act decisively and effectively" in the Western Balkans as the progress the bloc makes in the region tests its "credibility on the international scene," writes Graham Avery for the European Policy Centre. What's more, he calls on all countries in the region to apply for EU membership "sooner rather than later" and on the bloc "to reaffirm its membership promise" to them.
Global Europe 17-10-2007

Winning back confidence in EU-Turkey relations

Growing scepticism about the EU is spreading through Turkish society, writes Zeynep Gögü?, publisher of EURACTIV Turkey in the following commentary.
Enlargement 04-10-2007

EU lawmakers call on Turkey to accelerate reforms

In a draft resolution widely regarded as the forerunner of the Commission's upcoming progress report on Turkey, MEPs yesterday welcomed the Turkish government's renewed commitment to reform following recent elections, but said that it still had "a lot of homework to do".
Central Europe 28-07-2006

Turkey: good growth perspectives, but challenges remain

Turkey should develop a National Lisbon Reform Programme, says an expert report. Other reforms should tackle the issues of employment of women and trade union rights.
Enlargement 18-07-2006

New Financing Instrument for Potential EU Member States

Ministers have agreed on new financial tool to help potential EU members to get ready for accession.
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 19-11-2003

EBRD: Eastern Europe continues to outpace world economy

In a recent report, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development points out the fast growth rates of CEEC economies but notes the "danger of marginalisation of some countries".