Tunisia complies with all the accession criteria
required by the African Union Convention, such as legislation on the denunciation of corruption and the defence of whistleblowers, the existence of an anti-corruption authority etc...
The Cumhuriyet trial is being closely followed by international observers and EU representatives, because Turkey has been a candidate country for the EU since 1999 and must meet accession criteria
for press freedom.
According to the Athens News Agency, the meeting with Mogherini focused on the global strategy of EU foreign policy, with emphasis on European enlargement toward the Western Balkans and Turkey, but only on condition that they meet the necessary accession criteria
As a next step in this evolution, we are opening the aperture on certain medical accession criteria
and tattoos while taking into account our needs for worldwide deployability and our commitment to the profession of arms."
In terms of its enlargement policy, the EU changed its commitment for further enlargement after 2013, when the European Commission adopted a three-pillar structure, with prioritizing rule of law, economic competence and public administration reform, and enhanced the accession criteria
. This change signaled a toughening up of the accession conditions, and impacted the EU's credibility for the current candidates.
To be sure, in its latest report on Turkey's progress toward meeting the accession criteria
, the European Commission noted "significant shortcomings" relating to the judiciary, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, and appealed for the resumption of efforts to resolve the Kurdish issue.
The greatest loss of credibility for the EU would be the perception that it sold out its values, principles and accession criteria
for its practical needs.
Countries that are determined and are fulfilling the accession criteria
must be given a clear chance at EU membership.
Analysis of the accession process should include contextual elements related to stakeholders, the effect of negotiation guidelines, the negotiating strategies and tactics of the EU / Member States, the impact of the accession criteria
on the candidate's internal training, the internal training evaluation and negotiation chapters and the comparative picture of the results obtained by other countries in negotiating accession (5):
With regard to the EU they reaffirmed their commitment to its enlargement as a driver for peace, prosperity and progress across the continent and agreed that the accession of future Member States to the EU is dependent on them meeting all accession criteria
. They also agreed that in order to maintain public support for enlargement they should explore how better to manage the impact on local communities when future countries join the EU.
Another reason for concern is that Macedonia is taking steps back in regard to the accession criteria
as well, he said.