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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The European Commission's opinion has precisely addressed the key recommendations that Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to implement in meeting the Copenhagen criteria," said Zvizdic during the address.
The Copenhagen criteria were created to set the limits of a functioning democracy.
In a time when the EU member states should voice their stance on the recommendation for opening negotiations, especially on whether it should be conditional or not, a question is asked of whether the Priebe agenda will soon be adopted and the question of whether the Copenhagen criteria are met will also be formally raised.
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.
"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. Alsat-M (end)

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