European Parliament Approved EU Eastward Expansion

World | April 9, 2003, Wednesday // 00:00

The European parliament has approved the eastward expansion of the European Union. The vote paves the way for 10 candidate countries to join the EU in May 2004 - if the EU's national parliaments and voters in the candidate countries also give their support. The 10 countries will now sign the accession treaty at a ceremony in Athens next week. The vote came after a row between the parliament and the European Commission over post-enlargement financing was resolved at the last minute.

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