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Security 06-07-2004

EU ‘big five’ hold terrorism talks

France, Germany, Italy and Spain have been invited by UK Home Secretary David Blunkett to hold informal talks on terrorism-related issues including border controls and intelligence sharing.
Security 23-06-2004

EU leaders vow to boost operational co-operation on terrorism

At the European Council, EU leaders set the direction for future work on terrorism. They agreed to reinforce practical co-operation and integrate terrorism in the relationship between the EU and third countries.
Future EU 16-04-2004

Only one month to wrap up constitution talks

The EU will only have one month to secure a deal on the EU constitution. According to the Irish Presidency formal talks will not restart before 17 May.
Security 26-03-2004

EU leaders promise to agree European constitution by June

Heads of state and government have pledged to agree on a constitution for Europe by June and adopted several measures to boost the fight against terrorism.
Security 25-03-2004

EU summit set to adopt beefed-up terror action plan

The fight against terrorism is the first item on the agenda of the EU summit. EU leaders are set to agree a raft of measures to improve their co-ordination in the fight against terrorism and increase security in the EU.
Security 24-03-2004

Straw: There is no opting out from terror

Keeping out of international engagement is no protection from terror, said UK Foreign Minister Jack Straw, while giving support to Turkey's EU membership.
Security 23-03-2004

European Council to set June deadline for counter-terrorism measures, Germany in trouble

EU's foreign affairs ministers want stronger emphasis to be put on international co–operation in the fight against terrorism. Germany is struggling to meet a 30 June deadline for implementing anti-terrorism measures.
Security 22-03-2004

Foreign affairs ministers discuss anti-terrorism co-operation and Middle East

Terrorism will top the agenda of the Foreign Affairs Council but the Lisbon strategy and the development of a strategic partnership between the EU and the Mediterranean and Middle East countries will also be dealt with.
Security 19-03-2004

EU to streamline anti-terrorism strategy

Interior and foreign affairs ministers are to discuss new counter-terrorism measures and review old promises in order to pave the way for the adoption of a beefed-up EU action plan by the European Council.
Security 19-03-2004

EU to appoint a ‘Mr Terrorism’ but ‘European CIA’ a long way off

Interior Ministers have backed the idea of appointing a 'Mr Terrorism' to co-ordinate EU action against terrorism. Proposals to create a European intelligence service received little support.
Security 16-03-2004

Terrorism and EU security strategy to top European Council agenda

EU justice and interior ministers will gather for an emergency meeting this Friday to map out anti-terrorism measures to be taken by the European Council.
Enlargement 05-12-2003

Commission launches preparations for the Western Balkans’ EU integration

The Commission has initiated preparations for the inclusion of five Western Balkans states in Community programmes and agencies as of 2005.

European Council: No clear decision on European Growth Initiative

Infrastructure projects and R&D will be the focus of a growth initiative, but EU leaders have not taken a decision on the details of the plan nor the investments involved.
Central Europe 08-01-2003

Croatia set to apply for EU membership

By the end of February Croatia intends to formally apply for EU membership.
Future EU 18-09-2002

Permanent seat for the European Council could change the EU’s nature

The decision to fix a permanent seat for the European Council in Brussels could influence the fundamental nature of the European Council and the EU.

Parliament defines sustainable development demands for Barcelona Summit

The European Parliament has adopted its position on the sustainable development strategy which is to be discussed at the Barcelona summit.

MEPs demand more progress of EUs sustainability strategy

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament has issued a resolution on the follow up of the strategy for sustainable development from Gothenburg.
Defence policy 16-07-2001

Council tackles security at large international meetings

Ministers decide to cooperate to guarantee public order and protect property at large international meetings in wake of Gothenburg violence
Enlargement 25-06-2001

DB Research: Enlargement after Gothenburg – false sense of security

Deutsche Bank Research: no binding commitments to enlargement target dates
Enlargement 18-06-2001

Fixed dates for enlargement?

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

Gothenburg endorses sustainable development strategy

EU leaders endorse strategy for sustainable development but fail to adopt concrete objectives and measures at the Gothenburg Summit
Enlargement 18-06-2001

EU Summit overshadowed by violence and protests

"Strong" signal on enlargement and adoption of sustainable development strategy main outcomes of EU Summit plagued by violence and protests
Enlargement 15-06-2001

Gothenburg Summit focuses on enlargement and environment

European leaders meet in Gothenburg to discuss expansion, environment and EU reforms amidst fears that Irish rejection of Nice Treaty will sidetrack enlargement
11-06-2001

Last minute preparations for Gothenburg Summit

Foreign minister meet in Luxembourg to discuss enlargement, sustainable development, EU-US summit and Irish rejection of Nice Treaty