MFA Statement on the Resolution of the European Parliament on Enlargement Negotiations
14.06.2002 / 08:19
MFA Statement on the Resolution of the European Parliament on the State of Enlargement Negotiations, passed June 13, 2002 at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (14/06/2002)
MFA Statement on the Resolution of the European Parliament on the State of Enlargement Negotiations, passed June 13, 2002 at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg
The European Parliament passed in the past years separately a Resolution on enlargement and Resolutions on individual candidate countries. Its this year's Resolution deals both with the enlargement process and the evaluation of the state of accession talks with all candidate countries. The part devoted to the Czech Republic sounds very favourable. The European Parliament expresses its expectation that the accession negotiations with the Czech Republic will be completed by the end of 2002 and that the Czech Republic will be among the first new EU Member States.
The European Parliament further puts stress in its Resolution on the building of an efficient and effective civil service as an important prerequisite for the implementation and enforcement of the acquis. In this connection it welcomed the adoption of the Act on Civil Service in Public Administration Bodies, the so-called Civil Service Act. The European Parliament welcomes the relative stability of Czech economy, regarding it a guarantee of competitiveness of Czech economy after the country's accession to the EU. The European Parliament appreciates the considerable advance of the Czech Government in improving the situation of the Roma and supports the Government in implementing its concept of Roma integration, especially in the field of housing, education and employment. The Resolution also recalls the need for continued struggle against corruption and for ensured safety of the Temelín and Dukovany nuclear power plants.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes that the European Parliament mentions also the Presidential Decrees. The formulation expressed in the Resolution basically reacts to the Resolution of the Czech Parliament of April 24, 2002 and the joint press statement by Czech Prime Minister M. Zeman and Commissioner G. Verheugen.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs appreciates the significant support by the European Parliament as regards the number of seats of the Czech Republic in the European Parliament and the stress put in the Resolution on the principle of proportionate representation of the population of the present and future Member States as well as the support for an increase of the number of seats accorded to the Czech Republic to 22.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the efforts of the European Parliament to seek an acceptable solution to the financial aspects of the enlargement process expressed in the Resolution on the financial impact of enlargement and in the Resolution on the need of successful integration of new Member States into the Common Agricultural Policy which the plenary session of the European Parliament also passed today.
Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights,
Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Parliament:
Motion of a
Resolution of the European Parliament on the State of
- in its adopted version, the text on the Czech Republic has not been changed.