accession partnerships

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Bosnia & Herzegovina: continuing standstill

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) made very limited progress towards EU membership in 2013. The lack of measures to address discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, and thus implement the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights is preventing BiH from moving closer to the EU. Background BiH was recognised as a potential candidate country … Continue reading

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: still awaiting the green light for enlargement talks

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia obtained the status of candidate country in December 2005. The European Commission’s annual progress reports since 2009 have consistently recommended the opening of negotiations. However, the name issue still appears the main stumbling block. The dispute arose in 1991, when the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seceded from Yugoslavia … Continue reading

Serbia: accession negotiations set to start

In its latest progress report on Serbia, the European Commission maintained its April 2013 recommendation that membership negotiations be opened. With the framework for accession talks endorsed by the December European Council, negotiations are expected to start with an intergovernmental conference on 21 January 2014. Background In March 2012, the European Council agreed to grant … Continue reading

Iceland : enlargement talks on hold

In May 2013, Iceland’s new coalition government put on hold the accession talks with the EU, opened in June 2010. It dissolved the country’s EU Negotiation Committee and announced that an assessment of the negotiations would be submitted to the Parliament – the Althingi. European Commission report On 16 October 2013, the European Commission (EC) … Continue reading

Kosovo’s European integration prospects

By agreeing with Serbia on ways to normalise relations, a key demand of the EU, Kosovo took a major step on the path towards the EU in 2013. Kosovo has started negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU, with conclusion expected in spring 2014. Improved relations with Serbia On 19 April … Continue reading

Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian Croats, the smallest of the country’s three main communities, complain of a lack of political power. Many left Bosnia during the war and a majority settled in Croatia. In what is now Republika Srpska,  only 5-10% are thought to have returned. Several estimates have been made, that range from 434 000 to 570 000, significantly less than in 1991 census when there were 760 000. In October 2013, … Continue reading

Turkey’s regional power aspirations

The rise to power of the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) in 2002 has prompted the emergence of a new Turkish foreign policy doctrine. Its principles emphasise a policy of “zero problems with neighbours”, proactive diplomacy, as well as a more autonomous foreign policy. There have been many debates on Turkey’s … Continue reading

Turkey: Reactions to the Commission’s 2012 progress report

6 language versions available in PDF formatTürkei: Reaktionen auf den Fortschrittsbericht der Kommission 2012 Turquía: la reacción ante el Informe de 2012 de la Comisión sobre los progresos realizados Réactions au rapport de la Commission sur les progrès accomplis par la Turquie en 2012 Turchia: Reazioni alla relazione 2012 della Commissione sui progressi compiuti Turcja: … Continue reading

Montenegro: which challenges for EU accession?

Montenegro applied for EU membership in 2008, two years after its independence. While the second Commission progress report of 10 October 2012 acknowledged the country’s efforts to tackle its main challenges, it stressed that problems remain. State of play In line with a new EU approach to accession negotiations, from the beginning of talks in … Continue reading

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