European Union Enlargement
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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On May 1, 2004, 10 states joined the European Union EU, enlarging the Union to 25 members. The EU views the enlargement process as an historic opportunity to promote stability in Europe and further the integration of the continent by peaceful means. In addition to the 10 new members Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania hope to accede to the EU in 2007. Turkey and Croatia are expected to begin accession negotiations in 2005 provided they fulfill certain political conditions. Macedonia also has applied for EU membership. This report will be updated as necessary. For additional information, see CRS Report RS21372, The European Union Questions and Answers, and CRS Report RL32071, Turkey Update on Selected Issues.
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