The European Commission adopts the 2012 Enlargement Package(candidate countries): extracts from the press conference on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia/Iceland/Montenegro/Serbia and Turkey

Type: NEWS   Référence: 88714   Durée: 00:04:33   Première transmission: 10/10/2012  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 10/10/2012
On 10 october, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, presented the 2012 Enlargement Package which the European Commission adopted today. On Montenegro, the European Commission concluded that the country has made further progress in establishing a functioning market economy, has improved its ability to take on the obligations of EU membership, and continues to sufficiently meet the political criteria for EU membership. Montenegro will need to further develop a track record in this area, in particular with respect to high-level corruption and organised crime. On the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Commission concluded that the country continues to sufficiently fulfil the political criteria for EU membership and recommended to start accession negotiations. The government has been addressing ambitious reform targets established through a High Level Accession Dialogue with the Commission. The Commission concluded that Serbia continues on its way to sufficiently fulfilling the political criteria and the conditions of the Stabilisation and Association process. The momentum of reforms needs to be reinvigorated and visible and sustainable improvement in relations between Serbia and Kosovo is needed which should gradually result in the full normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo. The Commission's 2012 Progress Report on Turkey highlights the successful launch of the positive agenda to support and to complement the accession negotiations, through enhanced cooperation in a number of areas of joint interest.. However, concerns are growing regarding Turkey's lack of substantial progress towards fully meeting the political criteria; the situation regarding the respect for fundamental rights continues to be a source of serious preoccupation. The Commission concluded that Iceland continues to fully meet the political criteria for EU membership, can be considered a functioning market economy and, overall, is well advanced in its preparations for membership. Accession negotiations are progressing well, although EU accession remains an issue of lively public debate in Iceland.

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00:00:05 General view of press conference 00:00:04
00:00:09 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: The negotiations will integrate the new approach for the chapters on judiciary and fundamental rights and justice freedom and security, thereby reinforcing the focus on the rule of law and on the irreversibility of the undertaken reforms. Montenegro will need to further develop track record on the rule of law, especially in the fight against organised crime and corruption. 00:00:39
00:00:48 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle: The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, it continues to meet sufficiently the political criteria. The high level accession dialog has served as the catalyst for accelerating reforms and contributed to substantial progress. We need to show that the EU perspective for the country is real. The Commission recommends for the 4th time, the opening of the negotiations. We believe that moving the country to the next stage is necessary in order to keep the pace of reforms, lessen the risk of any reversal in the reform process and strengthen the inter ethnic relations in the country Maintaining good neighbourly relations is essential, a solution to the name dispute need to be found without delay. 00:01:08
00:02:01 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:05 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle: As far as the start of the accession negotiations, the Commission will present a report as soon as it will have assess that Serbia has achieved the necessary degree of complies with the membership criteria and in particular, the key priority of taking steps towards a visible and sustainable improvement of relations with Kosovo. 00:00:25
00:02:30 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:05
00:02:35 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle: Turkey, we have many common interest, it is a key country for the EU; it is in our mutual interest that the accession negotiations regain their momentum. Notably also to allow the EU to remain the benchmark for Turkish reforms. We will continue with a positive agenda to revive the accession process, building on the first results achieved and maintaining the fresh dynamism it has brought to our relations. The Commission recommend the resumption of work on negotiating chapter which have been interrupted over the recent years because of the lack of consensus among Member States. 00:01:00
00:03:35 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:04
00:03:39 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle: On Iceland, it continues to fully meet the political criteria and it has well advanced in its preparations for EU Membership. Accession negotiations are progressing well and are entering into a decisive phase. EU accession remains an issue of lively public debate in Iceland. The Commission is confident that we will be able to present a package for negotiations which take Iceland's specificities into account and safeguard the principles and acquis of the EU allowing also for a fully informed decision of Icelandic people. 00:00:50
00:04:29 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:04
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