BREXIT: WHAT THOSE WHO WANT TO JOIN CAN LEARN FROM THOSE WHO WANT TO LEAVE While some countries are working hard to join the EU,
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Enlargement policy has been one of the most successful policies of the European Union from its very beginning. It has been uplifting and creating conditions for cooperation, common ground solutions and most importantly it has fostered peace in Europe.
Only 15 years ago, CEE countries gave their best to harmonize with the EU legislation and exceed transition from authoritarian regimes; now they all made immense progress in economic growth, democracy standards and most importantly prosperous life for their citizens. After years of status quo, President of the European Commission announced the return of the EU Enlargement to the top of the Brussels agenda with a clear perspective for Serbia and Montenegro to complete the accession process by 2025. A new window of opportunity for the Western Balkans, has been opened.
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In 2018, Romania’s GDP per capita will exceed 10,000 USD for the first time ever, marking Romania’s emergence as a medium-income economy. If we look at the raw data in terms of real income, Romanians now have twice the disposable income they had in 2000, when their country was invited to join the European Union (EU).
The Republic of Croatia has been an EU Member State since July 1, 2013. Croatia’ s EU accession was the only one completed that year, the last since Romania and Bulgaria acceded in 2007, and would remain the last EU accession for more than five years to follow.
Substantial development of Western Balkans countries is not possible without large-scale public and private investments, which must be planned for the long-term to be successful,
Enlargement of the European Union is a success; in the foreign policy arena it is perhaps the most successful one.