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Articles from April 28

Anti-Missile Defence : Russian-American Compromise in the Works, without the Europeans
In the run-up to the NATO summit on 4 and 5 April in Bucharest, the US and Russian positions seemed to be drawing closer. The main subject of disagreement has been the anti-missile defence system that the United States wishes to install in Poland...
Border Management Reform : Member States Cautious about New Regime
The European Commission's far-reaching plans to beef up the protection of the Union's external borders have opened up deep divisions among EU member states. The split was exposed at a ministerial conference on external border management, held on 12...
Enlargement : Barroso: Zagreb Can Conclude Accession Talks in 2009
Zagreb should be able to conclude its EU accession negotiations in 2009, provided a number of conditions are met, the European Commission's President, Jose Manuel Barroso, said at a joint press briefing with Croatia's Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, on...
Enlargement : Croatia to Request Transition Period on Sale of Land to Foreigners
Zagreb appears set to ask for a transition period on the sale of land to foreigners. In order to prevent its landa- highly attractive for tourists and investors - from being sold to citizens of EU member states, Croatia wants to receive a guarantee...
Enlargement : Ep: Accession Talks with Croatia Should End in 2009
The European Parliament adopted, on 10 April, by overwhelming majority of 588 votes (39 against, 22 abstentions) an own-initiative report by Hannes Swoboda (PES, Austria) on Croatia's 2007 progress towards EU accession, confirming its support for Croatia's...
Enlargement : Eu Opens Two New Chapters with Croatia
Croatia's accession negotiations moved forward, on 21 April, after the Council agreed to launch talks with Zagreb on two new chapters: transport policy (14) and energy (15). With this decision a new phase has opened in the country's EU accession negotiations....
Eubam Moldova-Ukraine Missiotransnistria, a Thorn in Europe's Side
Europolitics New Neighbours accompanied a delegation of the European Parliament's Defence Subcommittee on a visit to the EU Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) to Moldova and Ukraine, and was able to talk to the main local and European officials present...
Eu/bosnia and Herzegovina : Adoption of Police Laws Moves Bosnia a Step Closer to the Eu
In a late-night session on 10 April, the Bosnian lower house of parliament adopted legislation on police reforms, paving the way for the country to sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the European Union by the end of April. ...
Eu/central Asia : Eu Pushes for More Intense Cooperation with Central Asia
"Expanding dialogue", as well as defining concrete actions to be taken to deepen cooperation in such areas as energy, education, security and human rights, was the main focus of the high-level meeting between the EU Troika delegation and the representatives...
Eu/croatia : Coreper Verifies Croatia's Opening Benchmark
The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) has given a positive assessment of Croatia's fulfilment of the opening benchmarks in the justice, freedom and security chapter (24) of the country's EU negotiations package. This decision, of 9 April,...
Eu/fyrom : Presidency Urges Skopje to Stay on Euro-Atlantic Course
The Slovenian EU Presidency urged the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) not to back out from the UN talks on the name issue' with Greece and called on Skopje to continue EU-related reforms despite a negative decision taken at the NATO summit...
Eu/mediterranean : Clock Ticking for Union for the Mediterranean
Much work still needs to be done over a very short period of time in order to launch the Union for the Mediterranean (UM), on 13 July, during an extraordinary summit in Paris, as decided by EU leaders during the last European Council. The European...
Eu/moldova : Eu Puts Conditional' Trust in Moldova
Moldova is one of the best-performing countries among over a dozen of the EU's neighbours that participate in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)(1) This young state (independent from the USSR since 1991) between Ukraine and Romania has recently...
European Council : Warsaw Wants Ukraine Closer to the Union
In order to prevent the attention of the EU from being over-focused on its southern neigbours at the expense of its eastern partners, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk has put forward a proposal to draw Ukraine and other countries in the eastern...
European Neighbourhood Policy : Eu to Deepen Ties with Israel, Moldova, Morocco and Ukraine
In order to reward the best-performing members of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)(1) and to inject a dose of constructive competition among all countries participating in this almost fife-year-old policy, the European Commission decided to...
European Summit : Eu Leaders Cautiously Endorse Sarkozy's Mediterranean Union Plan
EU leaders have given the go-ahead to a Franco-German proposal to create a Union for the Mediteranean (UM) to give a new impetus to the Euromed Partnership but further tough negotiations would be needed before an agreement could be reached on the details...
Eu/russia : Chizhov: New Principles Should Not Be Tested on Russia
Russia is looking forward to opening negotiations with the EU on a new strategic partnership agreement, but the future talks should not be negatively affected by the interests of the individual member states, the Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir...
Eu/serbia : Belgrade Confirms Commitment to Eu Bid
Serbia remains committed to the European integration process, but is not ready to soften its position on Kosovo's independence and move towards cooperation with the EULEX mission. "The Serbian government is ready to sign the Stabilisation and Association...
Eu/serbia : Belgrade's Pro-Eu Forces Want Saa Signed in April
One month ahead of the parliamentary elections in Serbia, which are seen as an important litmus test of the country's support for the European integration process, the speaker of the parliament in Belgrade, Oliver Dulic, a member of the pro-EU Democratic...
Eu/serbia : Deputy Premier Djelic Vows to Sign Stabilisation Pact
"The pen is in my bag," Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic told Europolitics New Neighbours on 14 April when asked if he was ready to sign a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU. Djelic said the Serbian government had,...
Eu/serbia : Holland Remains Opposed to Signing Saa with Belgrade
Despite an intensive diplomatic offensive undertaken by Serbia's President Boris Tadic and his political allies from the pro-European Democratic Party (DS), the Dutch government remains opposed to signing a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA)...
Eu/serbia : Serb Nationalists Accuse Solana of "Interfering in Elections"
The nationalistic anti-European forces in Serbia have responded with strong irritation to comments made by Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy chief, on the need for a quick signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Belgrade....
Eu/serbia : Signing of Saa Could Tip Balance in Favour of Pro-Eu Forces
The signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) would not only facilitate the electoral victory of pro-European forces in Serbia, but could also help the whole Western Balkan region, in particular Kosovo, to achieve stability and irreversibly...
Eu/turkey : Barroso: Consensus and Compromise Keys to Eu Entry
All forces in Turkey should engage in a dialogue to seek "consensus and compromise" on issues related to the ongoing debate in the country on the separation of church and state, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on the last day...
Eu/turkey : Meps Want Ankara to Intensify Reform Efforts
The European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee adopted, on 21 April, a report on Turkey's progress in negotiations towards eventual EU accession, calling on the government in Ankara to step up the adoption and implementation of reforms, including...
Eu/turkey : Rehn Sees "No Justification" for Banning Ruling Akp
The EU has expressed its concern about the Turkish Constitutional Court's decision to proceed with the case seeking to ban the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), underlining that there is "no justification" for such a move. "According to the...
Eu/ukraine : Seeking New Ways to Cooperate in Civil Protection
How can the cooperation agreement on civil protection and response to disasters be reinforced and improved? This was the main question debated during the meeting, on 17 March in Brussels, between the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Minister, Volodymyr...
INTERVIEW WITHaCROATIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER GORDAN JANDROKOVIC : ZAGREB EXPECTS TO OPEN SIX NEW CHAPTERS BY MID-YEAR
Croatia is now facing a decisive period in its EU accession talks. By the end of June this year, it has to meet all remaining opening benchmarks in 11 areas to be able to conclude the negotiations by autumn 2009. The country's Foreign Minister, Gordan...
Union for the Mediterranean : Eib and Commission Present Projects for Med Union
Addressing the pollution of the Mediterranean Sea is likely to become one of the key objectives to be announced during the launch summit of the Union for the Mediterranean (UM), to be held in Paris on 13 July. On 10 April, the European Commission and...
Western Balkans : Foreign Ministers Reaffirm Region's European Perspective
The EU's foreign ministers reconfirmed the European perspective for the Western Balkan countries at their informal meeting attended by their counterparts from the region, on 29 March in Brdo (Slovenia). However, they made it clear that the Balkan states'...