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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.
Future EU 18-12-2001

European parliament debates outcome of the Laeken Council

On 17 December, the European parliament held a debate on the results of the European Council of Laeken (14-15 December). MEPs from all political groups, as well as the President of the Council, Guy Verhofstadt, and Commission President, Romano Prodi, reported their views to the parliament, on an overall positive tone.
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.
Health 17-12-2001

Laeken Summit: No agreement on European Agencies

The EU leaders ended their two-day Laeken Summit without an agreement on the future location of several new European Agencies. On Saturday 15 December, they had approved the Declaration of Laeken and nominated Mr. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing as chairman of the Convention preparing the next round of European reforms.
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.
Future EU 17-12-2001

Laeken Summit: results and reactions

The positive mood of the Laeken Summit after the nomination of Mr Giscard and the adoption of the Laeken Declaration disappeared when national interests resurfaced over the location of several new European agencies.
Future EU 16-12-2001

Laeken Declaration approved and Giscard d’Estaing Convention Chairman

Contrary to some first news out of the Laeken Summit, not Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, but French former President Giscard d'Estaing has been nominated as Chairman of the future EU Convention. Mr. Giscard d'Estaing got the support of France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain and the UK. He will be assisted by two vice-chairmen, Mr. Jean-Luc Dehaene, former Belgian Prime Minister and Giuliano Amato, the former Italian premier. The EU leaders also adopted the "Laeken Declaration", preparing the way for a debate on the future of the EU.
Future EU 14-12-2001

EU leaders gather for Laeken Summit

Leaders of the 15 EU Member States are gathering in Laeken outside Brussels for a two-day summit, marking the end of the six-month Belgian Presidency. The leaders will discuss a new reform of the EU, counter-terrorism measures, enlargement and the partition of ten new EU agencies among the Member States.