Enlargement

Western Balkans to finance refugees’ settlements

-
The Western Balkans' countries are planning to seek more than €500 million to resolve the problems of tens of thousands of refugees and internally displaced people remaining from the wars in the former Yugoslavia...

Füle talks with Popovski about accession progress

-
Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle met with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Foreign Affairs Minister Nikola Popovski following the publication of the Progress Report on the country. Füle underlined that the renewed Commission Recommendation to start...

Iceland: Next to join EU ranks?

-
 Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle is visiting Iceland on 19-20 October, his first trip to the country since it applied for EU membership in July 2009. His visit will allow the opportunity to discuss the...

Opinion: Ethnic minorities at heart of Albania’s EU-accession woes

-
 Not only has this past week been busy for the European Commission's enlargement policy, witnessing the granting of EU candidacy status to Serbia and opening the accession negotiations with Montenegro, this year has also...

European Commission and Parliament recommend EU candidacy for Serbia

-
Following a publication of the latest progress report regarding potential and current candidates in the quest for the EU membership, Serbia has taken the forefront of the debate on its candidacy. The results of...

Putting Iceland’s constitution in the hands of the people

-
Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir says she wants a public vote on the nation's new constitution according to Ice News. Sigurdardottir said the people should be given the a choice on the proposed new constitution,...

Public administration reform: key for Balkans

-
Vice-President of the European Commission Responsible for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration Maroš Šefčovič spoke in Belgrade on 7 October. His speech was delivered at the Conference on Service, Skills and Capacity. Šefčovič stated that...

Buzek condemns rejection of Bulgaria and Romania’s Schengen bids

-
 European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek has expressed his regret over the Council's decision to postpone Romania and Bulgaria's entry into the Schengen area. He commended efforts of Bulgaria and Romania in fulfilling all the...

Bulgaria and Romania denied Schengen entry

-
    Polish Internal Affairs and Administration Minister and Justice and Home Affairs Council Chairman Jerzy Miller has expressed regret that no agreement was reached on the enlargement of the Schengen area to Bulgaria and Romania....

Commissioner Füle meets Teuta Arifi

-
 Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle met Deputy Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Teuta Arifi on 22 September. Füle assured her that the forthcoming annual Progress Report “will...

Commission open to visa re-administration with Azerbaijan and Armenia

-
  On 19 September, the European Commission opened visa negotiations with Azerbaijan and Armenia, saying that itas open to the idea of short-stay visas, as well as the re-admission of irregular migrants between the EU...

Füle and Sargsyan hopeful concerning Armenian EU accession

-
  Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle met recently with Republic of Armenia Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan to discuss the progress of the Armenian state in accordance with the European Neighbourhood Policy.  The policy...

Turkey urged to strengthen media and freedom of expression

-
The EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee, which brings together representatives of civil society organisations from both the EU and Turkey, unanimously adopted a declaration urging Turkey's authorities to strengthen freedom of expression and media in...

Füle sees possibility of visa-liberalisation talks for Kosovo

-
 Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle, after meeting with Kosovo's European Integration Minister Vlora Çitaku, has welcomed Çitaku's engagement in promoting the European agenda in Kosovo. “Her ministry has strengthened its co-ordinating role and...

Buzek: Moldova needs stability to join the EU

-
 As the EP approved the recommendation of the Council, the Commission and the EEAS to Moldova's prospects of joining the EU, President Jerzy Buzek commented, “Today, we specifically underlined Moldova's EU perspectives. The perspective...