Extracts from the press conference by Štefan Füle on the adoption of the 2012 Enlargement Package (Overall strategy)
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 10/10/2012 First transmission: 10/10/2012
On 10 October 2012, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, presented the 2012 Enlargement Package adopted by the European Commission on the same day.
The annual document identifies the key challenges for EU enlargement policy and the progress made over the last twelve months by each candidate and potential candidate.
In the enlargement process, Štefan Füle emphasised on the importance of the rule of law, good governance, judicial reforms, fighting corruption, as well as freedom of expression.
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||Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, before the beginning of the press conference on the overall strategy of the 2012 Enlargement Package, at the European Commission in Brussels
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): In our strategy paper, we have identified the key challenges for enlargement and we explain how they can be met in order to maintain the momentum of reforms and of enlargement. We therefore focussed on putting the rule of law at the centre of enlargement policy which is also the theme of the 2012 Enlargement Package with the emphasis on strengthening good governance, judicial reforms, fighting corruption and organised crime. Our aim is to ensure through the negotiations process that the reforms in these areas are irreversible. We also continue to prioritise strengthening the freedom of expression in the accession process.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): Second, we also stress the importance of regional cooperation reconciliation in the Western Balkans and of course the good neighbourhood relations. It is crucial to address bilateral issues, normalising relations, closer regional cooperation. Bilateral issues should not hold up the accession process. And thirdly, on economic challenges, we focus on the need to consolidate economic and financial stability, tackling economic criteria earlier in the process.
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