08 May 1998
‘No EU expansion without Agenda 2000 deal’
THE real negotiations on the terms of European Union (EU) succession for five new central and eastern European candidates cannot begin until there is a comprehensive deal on Agenda 2000, writes the Financial Times in a supplement on Investing in Central And Eastern Europe.
The European Commission has pencilled in 2002-3 as the entry date for the first wave of new members. But this means striking a deal on reforms relating to the Common Agricultural Policy, the budget and spending on poorer regions. The EU must also complete the unfinished business of the Treaty of Amsterdam. A breakthrough in the Agenda 2000 negotiations is not expected until after the German general election in late September.
Poland could specifically face complications in its quest for membership because of the size of its population and its “bloated” agricultural sector, the newspaper says.
- Financial Times (Investing In Central and Eastern Europe) 08/05/98 page II