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Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports 2007

On 6 November 2007 the Commission adopted its annual strategy document explaining its policy on EU enlargement. The document includes also a summary of the progress made over the last twelve months by each candidate and potential candidate: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, as well as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244).

In addition, the 2007 progress reports were published, where the Commission services monitor and assess the achievements of each of the candidate and potential candidates over the last year. The so-called "enlargement package" contains also proposals to the Council for revised European and Accession partnerships for each country, in which the Commission lists areas where further reforms are needed. Finally, the Multi-annual Financial Framework sets out the financial assistance available to support the reform efforts of the candidate and potential candidates.

Candidate Countries:
Croatia
  • Progress Report pdf - 450 KB [450 KB]
    • (unofficial translations)
  • Accession Partnership pdf - 51 KB [51 KB]
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Progress Report pdf - 443 KB [443 KB]
  • Accession Partnership pdf - 59 KB [59 KB]
Turkey
  • Progress Report pdf - 510 KB [510 KB]
    • (unofficial translations)
  • Accession Partnership pdf - 67 KB [67 KB]
Potential Candidates:
Albania
  • Progress Report pdf - 403 KB [403 KB]
  • European Partnership pdf - 66 KB [66 KB]
Bosnia and Herzegonvina
  • Progress Report pdf - 405 KB [405 KB]
  • European Partnership pdf - 105 KB [105 KB]
Montenegro
Serbia
  • Progress Report pdf - 359 KB [359 KB]
  • European Partnership pdf - 96 KB [96 KB]

 

Kosovo under UNSCR 1244
  • Progress Report pdf - 365 KB [365 KB]
  • European Partnership pdf - 96 KB [96 KB]

 

 

 

Press Material
 
  • Implementing  the renewed consensus on enlargement
  • Enlargement - the state of play and the way forward: press conference by Commissioner Olli REHN on 6 November 2007 12h30 (EBS)
  • Key findings of the progress reports on the candidate countries: Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey
  • Key findings of the progress reports on Kosovo and the potential candidate countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

Understanding enlargement

 

 


                    
                  pdf - 15 KB [15 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

What is the Commission's "enlargement package" and what are the next steps?

Photos from the countries engaged in the present enlargement agenda: Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo (under UN Security Council Resolution 1244)

                    
                  pdf - 5 MB [5 MB]

Brochure explaining EU policy on enlargement for the general public.
(Print version will be available end 2007)

  
Finance and Trade
  

EU financial assistance, focused on the major challenges facing the candidate and potential candidate countries, is supporting their reform effort on their path towards the EU.

  • The multi-annual indicative financial framework (MIFF) for the Instrument of Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) is designed to provide information on the Commission's intentions in terms of indicative financial allocations by IPA beneficiary and component.
  • Frequently Asked Questions on the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA)
  • The projects are funded under various programmes agreed between the European Commission and the authorities of the countries concerned.

 

  • Trade relations between the EU and Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey
  • Trade policy with the Western Balkans is an essential instrument to contribute to the economic development and stabilisation in the region
  
Regional Cooperation
  

                    
                  pdf - 4 MB [4 MB]
Regional cooperation in south-eastern Europe is essential, regardless of the different stage of integration of the various countries, and an important criterion for the European course of the western Balkan countries. The stability, prosperity and security of the region are of significant interest to the EU.

                    
                  pdf - 177 KB [177 KB]

Fact sheets on:

  • recent developments of regional cooperation
  • the establishment of a free trade area in the Western Balkans
  • visa facilitation for the Western Balkans
  • more scholarships to students from the Western Balkans
  • EU financial assistance to the Western Balkans
  
The Impact of Enlargement
  
Adapting to Enlargement of the European Union: Institutional Practice since May 2004

1 November 2007, Professor Helen Wallace: Adapting to Enlargement of the European Union: Institutional Practice since May 2004

Enlargement - 3 years after
Information about the impact that the enlargement of 2004 has had on the EU and its citizens (articles, facts and figures, photo gallery)
Enlargement, two years after: an economic evaluation
The biggest enlargement ever of the European Union is an economic success. Two years after the accession of 8 central European countries and two from the Mediterranean, the Commission issued, in May 2006, an economic evaluation, reviewing the experience and drawing lessons which could be useful for future enlargements.
Free Movement of workers
Free movement of workers since the 2004 enlargement had a positive impact and, for the EU as a whole, flows of workers have been rather limited, a European Commission report (February 2006) shows.
  
Facts, debate and further reading
  
Last year's Commission's enlargement package
The 2004/2007 enlargement of the EU has been very positive. A carefully managed EU enlargement process extends peace, stability, prosperity, democracy, human rights and the rule of law across Europe. However, many citizens are questioning the reasons for EU enlargement and the way it is going: sometimes these questions are ill-founded and turned into myths.

about the candidate and potential candidate countries, enlargement and the EU.

 
Debate Europe
Have your say! The Commission’s invitation to you to discuss with us your ideas, hopes and worries for Europe’s future, including EU enlargement.

 

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