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Seville European Council, 21-22/06/2002

Among the main decisions taken at the European Council of Seville has been the adoption of an action plan for the fight against illegal immigration. In the economic area, an agreement was ratified at the level of Finance Ministers on the broad trends in economic policy, foreseeing a return to a situation close to a balance of public accounts for 2004. On the subject of the Reform of the Institutions, the Council has, most notably, approved a reform limited to the functioning of the European Institutions. The European Council, executive body of the Union, will from now on meet for one day instead of two. The size of delegations will be limited to 20 people per Member State and the number of meetings to four per year. On the subject of enlargement: Europeans confirm their commitment to conclude, by the end of the year, negotiations with Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the three Baltic states, Cyprus, Malta and Slovenia. They promise to settle their differences by the end of November on the extension to the New Member States of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and of the Structural Funds. On the other hand, Ireland has announced its’ intention to organise a second referendum on the ratification of the Nice Treaty in Autumm 2002, after a first rejection of the Treaty by its’ voters. An “Irish National Declaration” made public in Seville guarantees Dublin its’ military neutrality. Greece reached agreement with its’ partners on the future Rapid Reaction Forces with 60.000 men, operational in 2003. Finally, the Fifteen launched a call to organise an International Peace Conference in the Middle East..
Seville European Council, 21-22/06/2002
General view of the meeting room
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Date: 21/06/2002
Seville European Council, 21-22/06/2002
Group photo, from left to right: - 1st row: Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister; José ...
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Date: 21/06/2002
Seville European Council, 21-22/06/2002
Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian Federal Chancellor, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Austrian Federal ...
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Date: 21/06/2002
Seville European Council, 21-22/06/2002
Conversation between Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic, on the left, and ...
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Date: 21/06/2002

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