The EU officially launched accession negotiations with Croatia and Turkey at the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 3 October 2005.
All the Western Balkans have a European perspective.
In December 2005, the European Council decided to grant candidate country status also to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with whom accession negotiations have not started yet.
Future enlargements will go at the pace dictated by each country's performance in meeting the rigorous standards, to ensure the smooth absorption of eventual new members.
Dates of application for EU Membership:
- Croatia: 21.02.2003
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: 22.03.2004
- Turkey: 14.04.1987