EU Enlargement

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  • 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
  • 01/12/2014
    Joint Statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova Joint Statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova <p> <span style="color: black; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">The EU welcomes the holding of parliamentary elections in the Republi of Moldova on 30 November. We take note of the OSCE/ODIHR´s statement of preliminary findings and conclusions stating that these elections "were characterized by a wide choice of political alternatives and were generally well administered, although the de-registration of one electoral contestant shortly before Election Day raised questions about the timing and circumstances".</span> </p> 12/01/2014 16:52:13 12/01/2014 16:52:13 12/01/2014 16:52:13 12/01/2014 16:52:13 2014120116 090126248d93351f N 090126248d93351f /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_en.htm 11719 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

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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.


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  • 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
  • 01/12/2014
    Joint Statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova Joint Statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova <p> <span style="color: black; font-family: 'Calibri','sans-serif'; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-bidi-font-family: 'Times New Roman'; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">The EU welcomes the holding of parliamentary elections in the Republi of Moldova on 30 November. We take note of the OSCE/ODIHR´s statement of preliminary findings and conclusions stating that these elections "were characterized by a wide choice of political alternatives and were generally well administered, although the de-registration of one electoral contestant shortly before Election Day raised questions about the timing and circumstances".</span> </p> 12/01/2014 16:52:13 12/01/2014 16:52:13 12/01/2014 16:52:13 12/01/2014 16:52:13 2014120116 090126248d93351f N 090126248d93351f /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_en.htm 11719 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141201_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Joint Statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

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