The EU’s Enlargement Strategy 2015: Will the ‘new elements’ make a difference?

Thursday, 26 November 2015
CEPS Commentaries
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Author: Erwan Fouéré

Series: CEPS Commentary No. of pp: 3

After an unprecedented delay, the European Commission adopted its 2015 Enlargement Package on November 10th, together with the annual reports on each of the candidate and prospective candidate countries. In this Commentary, Erwan Fouéré offers his assessment of what Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn called the “new elements” in the package, including an “overarching strategy for the next 4 years” (coinciding with the remainder of the Commission’s mandate), “much clearer guidance to the countries on what they have to focus on in the year ahead”, as well as on the “longer-term results that are needed to meet EU expectations”.

Erwan Fouéré is Associate Senior Research Fellow at CEPS.