Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Prodi says EU enlargement is historical challenge

Any attempt to halt the EU enlargement process for countries such as Macedonia and Croatia threatens to halt the entire exercise, said Italian Prime Minister and former European Commission president Romano Prodi in an interview with Financial Times.

"Enlargement of the European Union must continue by pressing ahead with negotiations for the countries that used to be part of Yugoslavia, as well as Turkey," Prodi told Financial Times, just hours before the European Commission is due to publish a report on EU enlargement strategy.

According to Prodi, enlargement is a great historical challenge.

Germany, Italy and Spain will be vital players in the relaunch of the process, he said, adding that France must also become involved after next year's presidential election.

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