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December 2004

Background

The acquis under Chapter 15 does not require transposition into the national legal order of the applicant countries, or particular measures for implementation and enforcement. This acquis consists of general industrial competitiveness policy guidelines established both at the horizontal and sector-specific levels, which are not legally binding on the Member States, as well as in provisions based on the ECSC Treaty, many of which are no longer applicable. The ECSC Treaty will expire in 2002.

In the framework of the negotiations it has been requested to the candidate countries to present industry policy and restructuring strategies in order to assess whether their industrial policies were in line with the principles, in particular regarding privatisation and restructuring, set out in the Council Decision on "the Implementation of a Community Action Programme to Strengthen the Competitiveness of European Industry" (96/413/EC).

Industrial policy is closely linked with other negotiating chapters, in particular free movement of goods, competition policy (including state aids) as wellas social policy and employment.

No transitional periods or special arrangements have been requested by any of the countries with which negotiations have been carried out until now.

State of play

This chapter has been negotiated with all countries. Negotiations were closed with 10 countries in December 2002 and with Bulgaria and Romania in December 2004.

Compliance with the acquis

The latest assessment of each candidate country’s compliance with the acquis under this chapter heading, can be found in the 2004 Regular Reports and in the Comprehensive Monitoring Reports, available at:
http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/archives/key_documents/reports_2004_en.htm.

Country by country

Bulgaria

  • Chapter opened: second half of 2001
  • Status: • Status: closed in December 2004 (provisionally closed in second half of 2001)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Cyprus (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in second half of 1998)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Czech Republic (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in first half of 1999)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Estonia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in first half of 1999)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Hungary (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in first half of 1999)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Latvia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in second half of 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Lithuania (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in second half of 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Malta (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: first half of 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in first half of 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Poland (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in first half of 1999)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Romania

  • Chapter opened: second half of 2002
  • Status: Status: closed in December 2004 (provisionally closed in July 2002)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Slovakia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 2000
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in second half of 2000)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

Slovenia (New Member State)

  • Chapter opened: second half of 1998
  • Status: Closed December 2002 (provisionally closed in first half of 1999)
  • Transitional arrangements: none

- updated: 17/12/2004

 
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