Copenhagen criteria


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Copenhagen criteria

the European Council established the Copenhagen criteria in June 1993. There are three conditions, which a candidate country seeking membership has to fulfil. First there must be evidence of stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities. Secondly there must be a functioning market economy, and thirdly a candidate country must be in a position to take on all the obligations of membership including support for the various aims of the European Union.
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He stressed that Turkey, like any other candidate country, should apply its contractual obligations as provided for in the Negotiating Framework, including the full and effective implementation of the Copenhagen criteria, the establishment of good neighbourly relations, the recognition of all Member States and full, effective and non-discriminatory cooperation with all Member States.
a drift away from the Copenhagen criteria," Nas added.
The precondition for accession talks is compliance with the so-called Copenhagen criteria, including respect for democracy and human rights.
The name issue will be in the spotlight of the meeting of the two ministers given that at their last meeting in Athens they largely talked about the confidence-building measures," media outlets in Greece say and add that the new Macedonian government is very active and is expected to begin this autumn a new round of contacts in Brussels to prove that the country meets the Copenhagen criteria of good-neighborliness and democracy.
It reiterates that each country's progress towards the European Union depends on its individual efforts to comply with the Copenhagen criteria and the conditionality of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
The three most commonly utilized diagnostic criteria for SS include the Copenhagen criteria, the European classification criteria, and the International Collaborative Clinical Alliances Cohort (SICCA) criteria.
We fully agree with the European Commission's critical conclusions on the human rights situation in Turkey and we urge once again the Turkish government to accelerate the reform process in order to apply the acquis communautaire [the laws and principles of the EU] and the Copenhagen criteria, both in legislation and in practice," said Gianni Pittella, president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group), the second-largest group in the European Parliament.
On the two general principles of the Copenhagen criteria it gets a zero score.
Countries must meet the Copenhagen criteria to be able to join the EU.
At the meeting with the Danish officials, Minister Poposki stressed that the Kingdom of Denmark supported the Republic of Macedonia in two ways: through the Copenhagen criteria and through its vote at the Council of the EU for fair enlargement.
These comments were expressed on the debate of the Assembly Committee on European Affairs and it was agreed that the main challenge Macedonia has to tackle this year is to continue fulfilling the Copenhagen criteria.
Alex Salmond's spokesman said: "Scotland is already part of the EU - as such, we already meet all the requirements for membership outlined in the Copenhagen criteria.

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