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  • The EU received the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. "My message today is: you can count on our efforts to fight for lasting peace, freedom and justice in Europe and in the world", said President Barroso on the occasion. » ...

  • "Enlargement remains a key EU policy", confirmed the December European Council. European leaders endorsed the conclusions of the General Affairs Council and discussed next steps for EU enlargement, based on the recommendations made by the Commission in the October enlargement package.

  • Accession negotiations: Montenegro closes its first negotiation chapter (Science and Research) and Iceland opens six more negotiation chapters and provisionally closes the competition chapter.

  • Commissioner Füle chaired the second meeting of the High Level Dialogue on the Accession Process with Bosnia and Herzegovina. This initiative aims to help BiH move forward on the EU integration agenda by explaining what is expected from a country in the EU accession process. » ...

  • The European Commission has approved a €46,8 million programme focusing on strengthening administrative capacity for an efficient justice system in Croatia and earmarked €56 million to support reforms in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  • Commissioner Füle met with Turkish EU Minister Bağis in Strasbourg to look at how the accession process of Turkey could be moved forward.

  • The 2011 IPA Annual Report presents the most significant developments on IPA implementation, results of the projects, partnerships, technical assistance and regional initiatives funded through the instrument.

"Over the past sixty years, the European project has shown that it is possible for peoples and nations to come together across borders. That it is possible to overcome the differences between "them" and "us". Here today, our hope, our commitment, is that, with all women and men of good will, the European Union will help the world come together. " José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission in his acceptance speech at the award of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.

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