Annual Enlargement Reports and Strategy

The European Commission has published the progress reports for the candidate and potential candidate countries, as well as the 2009-2010 enlargement strategy.

The 2009-2010 strategy outlines the key challenges to enlargement:

  • The economic crisis;
  • The rule of law and widespread corruption;
  • Bilateral questions and border issues;
  • Weak regional cooperation.

On Croatia, the progress report is quite positive. However, it underscores that organized crime and corruption remain prevalent in many areas.

For Turkey the report focuses on the lack of dialogue and spirit of compromise between political parties and compliments diplomatic efforts to normalize relations with Armenia.

Macedonia is advised of maintaining good neighbourly relations, including a negotiated and mutually acceptable solution to the name issue. A somewhat surprising finding is that the overall economic policy mix has deteriorated.

Albania is encouraged to strengthen the rule of law and the fight against corruption and organized crime. The report says that the lack of energy supply security continues to hamper economic development.

For Bosnia and Herzegovina the most worrying statement is that the domestic political climate has deteriorated over recent months.

Apart from the Kosovo issue, the report on Serbia is quite positive.

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