08 Nov 2012

The Prize is more Peace: The EU should consolidate its enlargement process

Steven Blockmans

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The sovereign debt crisis and the threat of financial collapse of some EU member states have triggered fierce debate about the economic, social and political finalité of the Union and curbed the appetite for further enlargement.

The European Commission needs to find new ways to consolidate the enlargement agenda, gain full support of the member states for its implementation and assure a consistent application of the pre-accession requirements. Arguably, more time, more money and greater expertise are needed to pursue the vocation recognised by the Nobel Committee. 

Steven Blockmans is a CEPS Senior Research Fellow and Head of the EU Foreign Policy programme.