ENLARGEMENT: COMMISSION FINALISES MONITORING REPORTS ON ACCEDING STATES.
The European Commission has finalised its second set of monitoring reports on the acceding states. The outline of these reports was presented some weeks ago to the European Commission by European Enlargement Commissioner Gunter Verheugen (see European Report 2780, same Section), but they had not at that stage been completed. Now further assessments have been incorporated, taking account of justice and home affairs, and the reports are being sent to the acceding states which are lagging behind (all except Lithuania, Slovenia and Latvia, it is understood), as well as to Bulgaria and Romania. The exercise is part of the preparation for the final report on each of the acceding states that the Commission is to present in October. The aim is to reassure Member States that the new Member States are complying with their commitments under the Accession Treaty, and are implementing the acquis - or to identify areas where non-compliance need urgent attention, and, if necessary, the invocation of EU safeguards until compliance is attained.
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|Date:||Jun 18, 2003|
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