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EU to pour more money into strengthening rule of law in the Balkans

The European Commission, battling the growing threats to its core democratic values at home, has promised to dedicate more funds to rule of law programmes for countries in the Western Balkans, against a backdrop of increasing frustration in the region with the sluggish speed of the EU's enlargement process.

Commission tries to breathe new life into EU enlargement

The new enlargement rules presented by the Commission on Wednesday (5 February) are supposed to inject credibility, predictability, dynamism and a political steer into the increasingly moribund process. "This is a geostrategic investment," promised Olivér Várhelyi, the Commissioner for enlargement.
Enlargement 17-06-2019

Will Brussels turn its back – again – on the Balkans?

Will the EU honour its word to Tirana and Skopje or will Brussels – not for the first time – leave the Western Balkans stewing in its own juice? All eyes are on the reaction of EU foreign ministers to last week's inflammatory rhetoric by two Balkan leaders, writes Denis MacShane.
Enlargement 31-05-2018

Europe needs Balkans and Balkans need Europe, says Albania PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama calls for clearer enlargement prospects for the Western Balkans, saying it would be a "huge mistake" for the EU not to continue its engagement with the countries in the region. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 13-10-2014

Mixed reactions in Serbia to Commission report

This year’s report on Serbia’s progress towards EU accession resulted in an unusual domestic reaction. Prime Minister Aleksandar Vu?i? contested claims by the European Commission about media freedom, at the height of a scandal over the removal of political talk shows from influential TV channels. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Trade & Society 09-10-2014

Montenegro is not the EU poster child it claims to be

The European Commission’s latest progress report on enlargement shows growing frustration at Montenegro’s sclerotic progress and what can only be interpreted as window-dressing to receive a good scorecard, writes Dr Matthias Menke.
Enlargement 18-10-2013

Negotiations with Serbia can pull neighbouring states into accession swirl

Last week’s release of the annual EU progress reports on the Western Balkans and Turkey brings the EU’s accession policies back into the international spotlight. The prospect of starting membership negotiations with the EU has led to positive political developments and more stability in the Balkans, Dominik Tolksdorf writes.
Enlargement 18-04-2012

Iceland under pressure to stop EU accession bid

Political pressure is growing on Iceland's Parliament to halt accession talks with the EU, or at least review the negotiation procedure, because of the European Commission's involvement in the legal dispute between Reykjavik and British and Dutch authorities over the Icesave case.
Enlargement 25-10-2010

Croatia contemplates future EU perks of power

As Croatia gets closer to joining the EU, Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor last week unveiled her country's potential voting quotas as a future EU member as well as its likely number of seats in the European Parliament, the HINA agency reported.
Enlargement 03-03-2010

French, German experts scrutinise EU enlargement

Lessons learned from recent EU enlargements and ideas for the future of an even wider Europe shaped recent EURACTIV roundtable discussions held in Paris and Berlin.
Enlargement 27-01-2010

Europeans confused about Turkey accession

A new survey reveals that 47% of Europeans back Turkey's EU accession and 47% are opposed to it. But when the same respondents were asked how would they vote in a referendum on Turkey's membership, 52% say that they would vote against it and only 41% in favour.
Enlargement 25-01-2010

2012 ‘realistic deadline’ for Croatia’s EU entry

In Croatia there is a "significant gap" between the political elite, which is "resolutely turned towards EU integration", and public opinion, which is "still lukewarm on the issue," according to Jacques Rupnik, a researcher at Sciences Po in Paris. The Balkan specialist spoke to EURACTIV France in an interview.
Transport 04-12-2009

EU-Iceland relations

In the midst of the economic crisis, Iceland identified stabilising its economy by joining the European Union as a viable solution to its problems. The Nordic country, which has a well-developed relationship with the EU as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), formally applied for EU membership on 16 July 2009.
Central Europe 30-11-2009

Croatia accession treaty ‘to be drafted soon’

Croatia's chief negotiator on EU membership, Vladimir Drobnjak, told EURACTIV he hopes that conditions are met to create a working group in the Council to draw up an accession treaty.
Enlargement 24-11-2009

Croatia cracks down on motorway company corruption

The Croatian government sacked three out of four management staff at a state-owned highway company on Saturday (21 November) on suspicion of corruption, which the country is seeking to crack down on as part of its bid to join the EU, the agency HINA reported.
Enlargement 06-11-2009

Croatia hopes to join EU ‘in 2012’

Despite calls for it to join earlier, realistically Croatia's EU accession in 2012 would still represent a great success, Mirko Galic, Croatia's ambassador to France, told EURACTIV France in an exclusive interview.
Enlargement 05-10-2009

Restart of ‘win-win-win’ Croatia talks

Croatia made "substantial progress" by opening six and closing five negotiating chapters with the EU, said Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn after a meeting between representatives of Croatia, Slovenia and the EU on Friday (2 October). But Zagreb recognised the difficulty of the challenges ahead in its accession talks, especially in justice and home affairs.
EU Priorities 2020 10-09-2009

Iceland: Coming in from the cold

"Iceland's politicians need to conduct an open and transparent debate with the public and with the interest groups concerned, so that the final decision [on whether to join the European Union] is taken on the basis of the best possible information about the EU and what membership means," wrote Graham Avery, a senior advisor at the European Policy Centre, in a September analysis.
Enlargement 04-09-2009

The West Balkans: Between the EU, the USA and Russia

"The realisation of the South Stream project would help consolidate EU-Russian co-operation in the West Balkans," writes Dušan Relji?, a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, in an August paper.
Enlargement 29-07-2009

Iceland’s path to EU membership may be a rocky one

The Icelandic parliament's recent vote "to apply for membership [of the European Union] was a close run thing – 33 in favour, 28 against – and it would certainly be wrong to underestimate the negotiating difficulties which lie ahead," writes Michael Berendt, a former European Commission official and current public affairs advisor, in a July post on Blogactiv.
Enlargement 09-07-2009

Privileged partnership offers Turkey neither privilege nor partnership

Talk of a privileged partnership between the EU and Turkey "looks more and more like a scapegoat for popular European fears about jobs, immigration and Islam," writes Hugh Pope, a project director at the International Crisis Group, in a June paper.
Enlargement 20-05-2009

The cost of no Turkey

"When Turkey is admitted as a member of the EU, the new Union will be in a much better position to project open society values in the world," writes Hakan Altinay, executive director of the Open Society Foundation, in a May paper.

Turkey calls for free movement of scientists

Scientists should be free to move between the EU and Turkey, according to Turkish Minister of State Mehmet Aydin.
Enlargement 02-10-2008

Macedonia name negotiations on home straight

Macedonian President Branko Crvenkovski and Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn today (2 October) signalled that the 17-year-old 'name dispute' between Skopje and Athens over the name 'Macedonia' may be nearing a solution.