Enlargement of the EU and The Treaty of Nice: Procedures and Practice Following the Nice Treaty

Series: MB Executive
The Nice Treaty will shape the future of the European Union. Understanding the treaty and its implications is key for all those dealing with the applicant countries as well as those countries themselves. Deciphering the volume of official material on the subject of EU entry can be arduous. This report provides a clear and concise guide, outlining the procedure for joining the EU. It offers: * A comprehensive analysis of the countries in line for accession to the EU * An unbiased assessment of the prospects for each of the candidate countries based on an indepth survey of the thirteen applicant countries * An appraisal of the development of these markets * A checklist of the key requirements for entry together with projections for their accession * Insight into the views of existing member states - the ultimate decision-makers - on the prospects for applicant countries based on interviews with actual decision-makers including Prime Ministers, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and officials of the European Commission * A clear and unique guideline on the procedure and timing of entry for each applicant