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  • 07/01/2015
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the terrorist attack in Istanbul Statement by the Spokesperson on the terrorist attack in Istanbul 01/07/2015 12:16:23 01/07/2015 12:16:23 01/07/2015 12:16:23 01/07/2015 12:16:23 2015010712 090126248df47495 N 090126248df47495 /statements-eeas/2015/150107_02_en.htm 9375 xml Y /statements-eeas/2015/150107_02_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2015/150107_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150107_02_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2015/150107_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by the Spokesperson on the terrorist attack in Istanbul
  • 16/12/2014
    Council conclusions on Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Processpdf
  • 05/12/2014
    Visit to Turkey: EU to step up engagement Visit to Turkey: EU to step up engagement <p>The visit to Turkey next week, together with Commissioners Hahn and Stylianides is a strong indication of the strategic importance of the EU-Turkey relationship and our desire to step up engagement in view of shared interests and common challenges" said HR/VP Federica Mogherini ahead of the visit.</p> 12/05/2014 12:00:00 12/05/2014 12:00:00 12/05/2014 12:00:00 12/05/2014 12:00:00 2014120512 090126248d9d7ee5 N 090126248d9d7ee5 /statements-eeas/2014/141205_01_en.htm 13307 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141205_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141205_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141205_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141205_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Visit to Turkey: EU to step up engagement

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Since it was founded in 1958, the EU has regularly accepted new member countries. Each applicant country must meet certain requirements before membership is permitted.

Regular enlargements have seen the EU grow from its original 6 founding members to 28.

Any country that satisfies the conditions for enlargement can apply to be a candidate. The European Commission, at the request of the European Council, assesses the applicant’s ability to meet the conditions of membership. If the opinion is positive and the Council agrees a negotiating mandate, discussions are formally opened between the applicant and the EU.

At the start of 2013, five countries had been accepted as EU candidate countries: Iceland, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Albania. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (under UN Security Resolution 1244) have the status of potential candidates.

 Read more about the Enlargement policy of the EU.