EU "Freezes" Enlargement after 2008

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | March 24, 2006, Friday // 00:00

The European Union will halt the enlargement process for prolonged period of time upon accession of Bulgaria and Romania, according to several news agencies.

The decision was reportedly made at the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, held in the framework of the EU top-level meeting in Brussels.

Bulgaria is also represented at the forum with its Foreign Affairs Minister Ivaylo Kalfin.

Though the enlargement dossier was not officially on the agenda of EU foreign ministers meeting at dinner on Thursday, the invitation to EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn seemed to be quite conspicuous.

The ministers have agreed to freeze further expansion of EU until European Constitution or other document relating reforms of the existing structure of the Union is adopted.

"Absorption capacity" was also discussed by the foreign ministers, who determined the issue would be examined more thoroughly "in time."

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