Extracts from the press conference by Štefan Füle on the adoption of the 2012 Enlargement Package (potential candidates)
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 European Commission recommends that Albania be granted EU candidate status, subject to completion of key measures in the areas of judicial and public administration reform and the revision of the parliamentary rules of procedures are revised. The Commission will also assess the further efforts of Albania in the fight against corruption and organised crime.
The Commission concluded that Bosnia and Herzegovina has made limited progress towards meeting the political criteria and achieving more functional, coordinated and sustainable institutional structures. The need for an effective coordination mechanism between various levels of government on EU matters remains to be addressed as a matter of priority, as does meeting the conditions for entry into force of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and for a credible membership application.
The Commission confirms that Kosovo is largely ready to open negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement. The Commission will propose negotiating directives for such an agreement once Kosovo has made progress in meeting short-term priorities.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, before the beginning of the press conference on Albania/Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo in the framework of the 2012 Enlargement Package, at the European Commission in Brussels
||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): In order to be able to move to the next stage and open accession negotiations, Albania will have in particular to demonstrate sustained implementation of commitments already undertaken and completion of the remaining key priorities which have not been met yet in full. The focus should be on the rule of law and fundamental rights; sustainable political dialogue will remain essential for a successful reform process; the conduct of the 2013 parliamentary elections will be a crucial test in this regard and a precondition for any recommendation to open negotiations.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): Bosnia and Herzegovina regrettably has made limited progress towards meeting the political criteria and achieving more functional and coordinated institutional structures. Results of the high level dialogue on accession process remain below expectations. A shared vision amongst the political representatives on the overall direction and future of the country and its institutional set up remain absent.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): The Commission will propose negotiating directive once Kosovo has made a progress on a number of short term priorities that we have identified, and here I'm talking in particular about the rule of law, public administration, protection of minorities and trade. A visible and sustainable improvement in relations between Kosovo and Serbia is needed so that both can continue on their respective paths towards the European Union.
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