In this Enlargement Paper the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs brings together into a single document
the economic chapters of the Comprehensive Monitoring Reports of each acceding country and
of the Regular Reports of 2003 on progress made towards meeting the accession criteria of each candidate country
as a horizontal overview.
The European Commission adopted these Reports on 5 November 2003. The introduction explains the methodology underlying these Reports that the Commission has been following since the publication of the 1997 Opinion, in order to carry out these assessments.
The purpose of this Enlargement Paper is to facilitate the work of those scholars, researchers and analysts of the enlargement process, which are mainly interested in the economic aspects. As such, it represents only a part of the overall progress made by the acceding and remaining candidate countries towards meeting the accession criteria.