Europe after the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union: 2004-2014
These countries desired to consolidate their new democratic systems by binding themselves into the EEC. Equally, the EEC was unsure about which way these countries were heading and wanted to ensure stability along its southern borders. The year , however, saw the first time a territory voted to leave the Community , when Greenland was granted home rule by Denmark and the territory used its new powers and voted to withdraw from the Community See member state territories. Morocco and Turkey applied for membership in Morocco's application was turned down as it was not considered European, while Turkey's application was considered eligible on the basis of the Ankara Association Agreement , but the opinion of the Commission on the possible candidate status was by then negative.
Turkey received candidate status only in and began official membership negotiations in , which are still in progress as of After the s, Europe experienced a downturn which led to leaders launching of the Single European Act which set to create a single market by Austria , Finland and Sweden were neutral in the Cold War so membership of an organisation developing a common foreign and security policy would be incompatible with that.
With the end of the Cold War in , that obstacle was removed, and the desire to pursue membership grew stronger. The Community later became the European Union in by virtue of the Maastricht Treaty , and established standards for new entrants so their suitability could be judged. These Copenhagen criteria stated in that a country must be a democracy , operate a free market , and be willing to adopt the entire body of EU law already agreed upon.
The EU has also preferred these states to integrate via the EEA rather than full membership as the EEC wished to pursue monetary integration and did not wish for another round of enlargement to occupy their attention. However, with the EEA's credibility dented following rejection by businesses and Switzerland, the EU agreed with full membership. This was more readily accepted with the prospect of poorer countries wishing to join; contributions from richer countries would help balance the EU budget.
The Norwegian government lost a second national referendum on membership. As with the Mediterranean countries in the s, the countries in Central and Eastern Europe had emerged from dictatorships and wanted to consolidate their democracies. They also wanted to join the project of European integration and ensure they did not fall back into the Russian sphere of influence. However, the EU's desire to accept these countries' membership applications was less than rapid. The collapse of communism came quickly and was not anticipated.
The EU struggled to deal with the sudden reunification of Germany with the addition of its poorer 17 million people and, while keeping its monetary union project on track, it was still at that early stage pointing the EFTA countries in the direction of the EEA rather than full membership. States in Central and Eastern Europe persisted and eventually the above-mentioned issues were cleared.
Although eventually trying to limit the number of members, and after encouragement from the US, the EU pursued talks with ten countries and a change of mind [ clarification needed ] by Cyprus and Malta helped to offset slightly the influx of large poorer member states from Central and Eastern Europe. This was the largest single enlargement in terms of people, and number of countries, though not in terms of GDP. Some countries, such as the UK, immediately opened their job market to the accession states, whereas most others placed temporary restrictions on the rights of work of the citizens of these states to their countries.
These, like the countries joining in , faced a series of restrictions as to their citizens not fully enjoying working rights on the territory of some of the older EU members. Bulgaria and Romania are not yet members of the Schengen area ; however, their citizens can travel visa-free to the other EU countries.
The socio-economic research on the attitudes towards the integration from both hosting and visiting countries has revealed divergent views.
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The analysis shows, there are a number of possible factors of the rationalization and understanding of the practices on what the enlargement has been and should be like. Attitudes of even skeptical citizens, do not discard the possibility on future sustainable enlargements. The years subsequent to the EU accession will lead to extensive dialogues between policy-makers, governments, and European citizens about the path for a constructive development.
The EU's relations with the Western Balkans states were moved from the " External Relations " to the " Enlargement " policy segment in Those states which have not been recognised as candidate countries are considered "potential candidate countries". Croatia joined on 1 July , following ratification of the Accession Treaty by all other EU countries. Albania and the several successor states of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have all adopted EU integration as an aim of foreign policy.
Article 49 of the Maastricht Treaty as amended says that any European state that respects the "principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law", may apply to join the Union. The Copenhagen European Council set out the conditions for EU membership in June in the so-called Copenhagen criteria see Criteria above for details. Turkey applied for membership in The Western Balkans have been prioritised for membership since emerging from war during the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Albania , Macedonia ,  Montenegro , Serbia , and Turkey are all recognized as official candidates, and the latter three are undergoing membership talks. On 6 February , the European Commission published its expansion plan,  which covers the six Western Balkan countries. The plan envisages that all six applicants could achieve accession as members of the European Union after In May , Bulgaria—holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union—hosted a summit on the Western Balkans, which aimed to facilitate accession by the six, including enhanced regional security cooperation and regional connectivity.
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It was noteworthy that the Summit referred to 'partners' rather than states: Spain , Slovakia , Cyprus , Romania , and Greece. Each at its own pace, with its own specificities and under different conditions, but the direction is clear and is one " . Not all enlargement negotiations have ended with the accession of a new member state. Norway completed membership negotiations twice, in and , but both times membership was rejected in a referendum.
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Switzerland applied for membership in May but subsequently froze its application,   and formally withdrew it in In however, Iceland's newly elected government announced that it may seek to begin talks with the EU on possible future membership once again. New elections were called in October , leading to a new left—right coalition government in November Following the elections, all the parties of the governing coalition oppose EU membership, along with two of the opposition parties, summing up to at least two-thirds of the MPs.
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