Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

EU expansion May 2004

The European Union will expand to include new members on May 1, 2004, rather than January 1 as originally planned, the foreign ministers of EU countries have agreed. The date must still be approved at a December EU summit in Copenhagen.

The change is intended to give heads of EU states more time to prepare for as many as 10 new Union members, while still allowing the new members to participate in summer elections to the European Parliament.

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

Product quality laid on the EU table

Concerns over the different quality of same brand products are confirmed, but will anything change soon?

Will shopping in supermarkets soon become a thing of the past?

Education minister fails to explain distribution of EU money

The opposition parties plan to initiate a no-confidence vote, the second against this minister.

Education Minister Peter Plavčan

Who will stand up for journalists in Turkish prisons?

Journalists living in countries where politicians (for now) do not send people to prison for their opinions, who only sigh in relief that they are lucky this story does not concern them, are deeply mistaken.

Protesters in front of the court building.

EU court’s advocate general proposes to dismiss quota lawsuits

Yves Bot rejects arguments from Slovakia and Hungary on the legality of the relocation plan.

Refugees at the border between Hungary and Serbia.