Statement of the MFA on the European Commission Document „Enlargment Strategy and Main Challenges in 2006-2007 Period“ and on Reports on the Progress of Croatia, Turkey and West Balkan Countries
09.11.2006 / 11:40
The MFA welcomes that the European Commission confirms in its strategic document on enlargment the undeniable benefit of the last enlargment, which included the Czech Republic....(9/11/2006)
The MFA welcomes that the European Commission confirms in its strategic document on enlargment the undeniable benefit of the last enlargment, which included the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic supports a greater unreserve toward the public concerning the EU proceeding in the next enlargment. We believe that Governments of EU member states should explain the advantages of not only the past enlargments, but also enlargments in the future.
The MFA shares the EC evaluation in the reports on the progress of Croatia, Turkey and West Balkan countries.
Concerning Turkey, the MFA regrets that a progress was not reached in relations between Turkey and Cyprus and in the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Ankara Agreement. The Czech Republic believes that the process of accession of Turkey to the EU will help to overcome these problems. Turkey is a strategic ally of the EU and plays an important role for the stability of the region. It is therefore in our interest to maintain the dynamism of accession negotiations with Turkey.
The Czech Republic appreciates the progress achieved by Croatia in the preparations for membership in the last year. We believe that these preparations will be even more intensive, which would enable to accelerate the accession negotiations.
The Czech Republic welcomes the progress in fulfiling the European perspective in West Balkan countries and believes that they will succeed in achieving priority goals planned in European partnerships, so that they could progress further in the European integration.
The Czech Republic is ready to provide help to candidate and possible candidate countries and share its experience from social and economic transformation and preparations for EU membership.