Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Eurocrat doubts 2004 enlargement

Hans Peter Martin, a German member of the joint EU-Slovak parliamentary committee, has warned that enlargement of the Union may take place in 2005 rather than 2004 due to fears of member states and lack of preparation.

Martin said he had first heard of the possible enlargement postponement from European Commission members and senior German politicians last week in Germany at a congress of the ruling SPD party.

He said reasons included an economic slowdown in western Europe, rising public misgivings about enlargement, elections in France and Germany and tough remaining entry negotiations with candidate countries on agriculture.

While Martin said the Commission was already preparing an exit strategy from plans to expand the Union as of January 1, 2004 to include another 10 members, analysts said news of any delay would remain rumour until it was confirmed publicly by a member of the EC.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

12 places where you can see the works of one of the best medieval wood carvers Photo

The works of the renowned Master Paul are not limited just to Levoča.

St Geirge Curch in Spišská Sobota

Heatwaves to continue in Slovakia over the following days

More than 40 people collapsed due to hot weather on Thursday.

Jourová: Fico not fully informed on all EC’s activities on double standards

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will meet with Fico to discuss double quality standards of foods on July 27 in Brussels.

European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová

Foreigners: Events in Bratislava Video

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between July 21 and July 30, including concerts, parties, festivals, classical music, inline skating, exhibitions and more.