A well-considered approach to EU enlargement
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle
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Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle discussed the current state of EU accession negotiations during his meeting with Štefan Füle, the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, in Berlin on 9 November.
Westerwelle expressed Germany’s strong support for the EU enlargement policy. However, he said that if progress was to be made in the negotiations with candidate countries, it was essential that the countries in question implemented the necessary and agreed reforms. The working meeting between Westerwelle and Füle took place against the background of this year’s reports by the EU Commission on the state of the negotiations with the candidate countries and on Croatia’s preparations for EU membership, which were published on 10 October. One key issue discussed during the meeting between Westerwelle and Füle was Croatia’s forthcoming accession.
No obstacles, but no concessions either in connection with Croatia’s accession
Commenting on Croatia’s EU accession, Foreign Minister Westerwelle already stated at the meeting of Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on 15 October 2012:
What has been agreed will not be changed and I am very confident that the agreements between the European Union and Croatia can be implemented step by step. We want Croatia to become a member of the European Union (…). However, it is of course also essential that the relevant criteria are met. In Croatia’s case, no artificial obstacles will be placed, but nor will concessions be made. Rather, the agreements reached between the European Union and Croatia will now be earnestly implemented step by step.
Last updated 09.11.2012