About: Benes Decrees

Enlargement 02-10-2002

Benes Decrees not an obstacle for Czech EU membership, says expert

The Benes Decrees do not represent an obstacle for the Czech Republic to join the European Union, according to a new report, released by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.
Enlargement 11-06-2002

Two biggest Czech parties head to head in election campaign

Four days before the Czech parliamentary elections (14-15 June), the governing Social Democrats, headed by Vladimir Spidla, are back at the top of opinion polls with 28 per cent of the votes. The Conservative Civic Democratic Party, led by Vaclav Klaus, would finish second winning 24 per cent of votes.
Enlargement 24-05-2002

Commission urges Germans and Czechs to end Benes Decrees row

The Commission has called on Germany and the Czech Republic to end the damaging row over the historical Benes decrees that could hamper Prague's bid for EU membership. The Commission President, Romano Prodi, stated after meeting the Czech Prime Ministe, Milos Zeman, that it was time to focus on the future.
Enlargement 22-05-2002

Czech EU accession not to be connected to the Benes Decrees issue

The German Minister of the Interior, Otto Schily, and the Bavarian Prime Minister, Edmund Stoiber, stated in their address to the annual Sudeten German Days in Nüremberg that the abolishment of the Benes Decrees is not a condition for the Czech membership in the EU. Nevertheless, they have called upon the Czech Republic to repeal them.
Enlargement 15-03-2002

Commission says Benes Decrees should not burden Czech-EU relations

The Enlargement Commissioner, Günter Verheugen, underlines that the issue of the Benes Decrees, that led to the expulsion and expropriation of 2.5 million Germans, as well as Austrians and Hungarians, from Czechoslovakia in 1945, should not burden EU-Czech relations. However, the European Parliament's legal service is investigating whether the Decrees are in conflict with EU law, and the German and Austrian governments insist that the Czech Republic should remove the Decrees from its statute books.

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