Liechtenstein will sign the agreement on enlarging the European Economic Area (EEA) by ten new countries, including Slovakia, before settling bilateral arguments with Prague and Bratislava, news wire TASR wrote.
Under the agreement, the ten countries due to join the European Union on May 1 should join the EEA at the same time.
In mid-October, Liechtenstein refused to sign the agreement on EEA enlargement due to its historical property claims in the former Czechoslovakia. Norway and Iceland, who, along with Liechtenstein, are the only non-EU members of the EEA, supported the delay on the solidarity principle.
Liechtenstein claims property in Moravia, in the Czech Republic, that was confiscated after WWI and WWII. In the background of the dispute is the fact the Czechoslovakia did not recognise Liechtenstein as an independent state.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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7. Nov 2003 at 10:31