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EU civil society acquis

  1. 1. DG Enlargement 1
  2. 2. Renewed Consensus on Enlargement European Council December 2006 and 2007 Foreign Affairs Council December 2008 Consolidation - EU honours commitments made but is cautious in assuming new commitments; - pace of accession process depends on pace of reforms in each country; - maintaining momentum of integration by ensuring functional capacity of EU; no automatism Conditionality - Strict but fair conditions for opening, conducting and concluding negotiations (benchmarks); - suspension in case of serious shortcomings in the area of political criteria Communication - Intensifying political and cultural dialogue of civil societies in EU and candidate countries; - achieving broad public support of the enlargement process; - increased transparency (publication of key documents) 2
  3. 3. Pre-accession strategy • Association Agreement (Turkey 1963) • Stabilisation and Association Agreements (Western Balkans) • Liberalisation of trade (Free Trade Area) • Political and economic cooperation • Accession and European Partnerships (2008 revision) • Framework for EC financial assistance • Priorities for adoption of acquis • Financial and technical assistance • Until 2006 PHARE, SAPARD, ISPA, CARDS) • As from 2007 replaced by IPA – Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (~ 1 bn €/Jahr) • Participation in EC Programmes, Agencies and Committees • Accession negotiations • Annual Strategy Paper and Country Progress Reports (next reports in November 2010) 3
  4. 4. Annual Progress Reports Commission Progress Reports Annual strategy paper and country reports published in autumn reference to human rights and protection of minorities in political chapter (and Chapter 23 for candidate countries) Preparations start in spring with written input on progress made in legislation, administrative capacity, judiciary, civil society etc), from: Governments & COM delegations (involving local NGOs) International Organisations (e.g. Council of Europe, OSCE – ODIHR, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, WHO) NGOs (Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, OSI, MRGI, Save the Children, International PEN, International Publishers Association, International Press Institute, South East Europe Media Organisation – SEEMO, Roma organisations such as ERIO, ERGO, DecadeWatch) Informal meetings COM with international organisations and NGOs Drafting and internal coordination November 2010: Adoption by Commission DG Enlargement 4
  5. 5. http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/index_en.htm 5

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