In this Enlargement Paper the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs brings together into a single document the economic chapter of the Regular Report 2002 on progress made towards meeting the accession criteria by each candidate country, as well as a horizontal overview. The European Commission adopted these Reports on 9 October 2002. The introduction explains the underlying methodology 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 candidate countries towards meeting the accession criteria.