the Operating chairman of the council of EU has not excluded that in December the countries - candidates who the first will enter the European union by 2004the Operating chairman of the council of the European union, the Belgian prime minister will be named - minister Gi Verhofstadt does not exclude that in December at the official summit of EU in Laakene the countries - candidates who will enter into alliance by 2004 will be named.
as the correspondent " passes; News " Verhofstadt has declared it late at night on Friday on a press - conferences following the results of the informal summit of the European union in Gent/ Belgium/. The question on EU expansion was the last in the agenda, and it considered during a working supper.
the Belgian prime minister has denied appeared there were conjectures that European Union expansion can be frozen from - for acts of terrorism in the USA on September, 11th as they have caused a damage and the European economy. As he said, events give on September, 11th the grounds even more 4 expansion and strengthening of Europe. The summit in Gent has decided that negotiations should proceed according to plan, in the provided rate.
Verhofstadt 2 has reminded that at EU summit in the Geteborg country leaders of the European Union have agreed that by 2004 there should be a clearness, what new states of EU will take part in elections in the European parliament. And it means that negotiations W them should be finished already by the end of 2002 that assumes necessity as soon as possible to be defined W those from 12 candidates who the first will be included into the European Union, the chairman of the council of EU considers.