Decisions will be taken in the next few weeks on the countries-possibly as many as ten-to join the EU in a first round of enlargement in 2004. This expansion of the EU is a geopolitical move of the first importance.
At present there are 13 EU-applicant countries: ten countries of central and eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria), two Mediterranean islands (Malta and Cyprus) and Turkey. The EU is negotiating terms of membership with 12 of them-but not yet with Turkey, which does not fulfil the political conditions.
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