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The good Treaty will form the way forward for the eu Union. figuring out the treaty and its implications is vital for all these facing the applicant international locations in addition to these international locations themselves. interpreting the quantity of reliable fabric with reference to european access should be laborious. This record offers a transparent and concise consultant, outlining the process for becoming a member of the ecu. It bargains: * A complete research of the nations in line for accession to the ecu * An independent review of the clients for every of the candidate nations in accordance with an indepth survey of the 13 applicant nations * An appraisal of the advance of those markets * A list of the most important specifications for access including projections for his or her accession * perception into the perspectives of current member states -- the final word decision-makers -- at the clients for applicant nations in response to interviews with genuine decision-makers together with best Ministers, Ministers of overseas Affairs and officers of the eu fee * a transparent and specified instruction at the method and timing of access for every applicant

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The Commission also evaluates whether a legal system exists that includes the regulation of property rights and ensures laws and contracts are enforced. Reports are continually made on the progress of the applicant countries, with a contribution from a large team from the European Commission across different directorate-generals. These used to be entitled the ‘Commission Opinion’ up to 1997. From 1998 they were renamed the Commission Regular Report of a particular year. For each applicant country there is a responsible official leading a team at the European Commission dealing with all aspects of entry preparations for the country concerned.

This demonstrates how important EU decisions tend to embrace groups of countries. Perhaps this is also partly related to the reality of efforts required on the part of member countries whose parliaments have to ratify each new treaty. Since entry of any new member state into the EU requires a treaty that has to be ratified, it is easier to ratify a group of six than to allow one or two or even three members to enter. However, ultimately, it comes down to costs and benefits of entry to the existing members.

On the contrary, the conditions formulated for assessing the eligibility of a country for membership are purely qualitative. The only area where there is an appearance of a quantifiable measure is in the third requirement – ‘meeting the obligations of membership’. However, one should not interpret the number of the acquis chapters closed as a barometer of how prepared a country is or how close to accession a country might be. To use mathematical metaphor, while it is ‘necessary’ to pass all the acquis chapters, it is not ‘sufficient’, for there are some acquis chapters that are very important and some that are less important and much easier to satisfy.

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