Western Balkans and Turkey: enlargement process key to economic and political stability

The European Commission has adopted the annual reports on the enlargement process in the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey.

Presenting the annual Enlargement Package, Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: “The current refugee crisis shows how crucial close cooperation between the EU and the countries in south-east Europe is. The EU enlargement process, covering the Western Balkans and Turkey, is a powerful tool to strengthen the rule of law and human rights in these countries. It also boosts the economy and promotes regional cooperation. A clear European perspective gradually transforms our partner countries and strengthens stability around our Union. Our firm commitment to EU enlargement, and to the conditions it involves, is therefore a long-term investment in Europe’s own security and prosperity”.

More information and the full reports at: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5976_en.htm

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