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Articles from May 31

Asylum/immigration : Ep Wants to Encourage Countries to Welcome Refugees
The European Parliament would like to increase the amount that the EU grants member states that welcome unprotected refugees and wants a review of the list of refugees to be prioritised. On 18 May, it adopted a report by Rui Tavares (GUE-NGL, Portugal)...
Economic Forecasts : Outlook Bleak for Croatia
Croatia, the Western Balkan front-runner in the European integration process, will continue to suffer from economic decline in 2010, while Macedonia and Turkey - two other EU candidate countries - will already enjoy recovery this year, the European...
Eu/albania : Eu Mediation Talks Fail to Break Political Stalemate in Albania
A special mediation meeting held, on 20 May in Strasbourg, between the representatives of the two largest political groups of the European Parliament and the leaders of Albania's main political parties has failed to break the ongoing political stalemate...
European Neighbourhood Policy : Commission Boasts Enp Successes
The European Commission has reported good progress in most of the areas of cooperation with the twelve countries participating in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) over last five years, pointing to governance and the unresolved regional conflicts...
Eu-Russia Summit : Member States Split over Visa Liberalisation with Moscow
Less than two weeks ahead of the EU-Russia summit, scheduled for 31 May and 1 June in Rostov-on-Don, the member states have not yet been able to hammer out an agreement on how to proceed with the visa liberalisation dialogue with Russia. While some...
Eu/turkey : Spain Pledges to Move Ankara's Accession Talks Forward
The Spanish EU Presidency is confident that the accession talks with Turkey will move forward by the end of its term in office (30 June). "It's difficult to say how many, but definitely during the Spanish Presidency some chapters will be opened," Spanish...
Immigration : Asylum: Priority on Protecting Unaccompanied Minors
The EU must adopt more solid standards to protect children who immigrate to Europe alone, according to a draft action plan 2010-2014 on unaccompanied minors that the European Commission will present, on 6 May, to the Council and the European Parliament....
INTERVIEW WITHaIVAN SIMONOVIC, CROATIA'S JUSTICE MINISTER : ZAGREB WILL WRAP UP TALKS ON JUDICIARY BY YEAR'S END
On the eve of his departure from the post of Croatia's Justice Minister, Ivan Simonovic outlines the country's progress in EU-related reforms, expressing confidence that Croatia is now fully ready to open accession talks on judiciary and fundamental...
Interview with Professor James Gow, King's College London : Make Kosovo Eu Free Territory' to Resolve Stalemate
Professor James Gow teaches international peace and security in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. He was responsible for a number of EU-funded projects on security and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe between 1991 and 1997....
INTERVIEW WITH STEFANaFULE, EU COMMISSIONER FOR ENLARGEMENT AND NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY : ENLARGEMENT POLICY WILL GAIN NEW MOMENTUM
Enlargement and Neighbouhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fule is confident that the Union's enlargement policy will gain new momentum in the coming months. He foresees tangible progress in the European integration process of the Western Balkans and...
Interview with Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's Ambassador to the Eu : Political Reform Should Not Be Part of Partnership for Modernisation
Ahead of the EU-Russia summit on 31 May and 1 June in Rostov, Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU, argues that the joint EU-Russia project of Partnership for Modernisation to be formalised at this high-level meeting is unlikely to be as...
Kosovofrom Limbo to Eu Membership: Finding a Path Forward
Over two years after declaring independence from Serbia, the path forward for Kosovo to EU membership looks as uncertain as ever. European leaders may have hoped the stalemate over Kosovo's status would magically resolve itself over the course of time...
Mediterranean Solar Plan : Project Aims to Meet Long-Term Energy Commitments
The aim of the Mediterranean Solar Plan (MSP) is not to transfer energy from the South of the Mediterranean to the North, but rather to help countries from the Southern shore develop their energy potential in order to cope with their growing internal...