Enlargement Package 2023
On 8 November 2023, the European Commission adopted its 2023 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans, Türkiye, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, as well as clear guidance on the reform priorities ahead.
New Growth Plan for the Western Balkans
On 08 November 2023, the European Commission also adopted a new Growth Plan for the Western Balkans, with the aim of bringing some of the benefits of membership to the region in advance of accession, boost economic growth and accelerate much needed socio-economic convergence. The objective should be to enable partners to step up reforms and investments to significantly accelerate the speed of the enlargement process and the growth of their economies. For this, a new €6 billion Reform and Growth Facility for the Western Balkans has been proposed for the period 2024-2027.
Support for Ukraine
The EU stands united in its solidarity with Ukraine and will continue to support Ukraine and its people together with its international partners, including through political, financial and humanitarian support as long as needed.
The EU has reacted swiftly and decisively against Russia’s aggression by adopting unprecedented packages of sanctions targeting the Russian economy and financial system, the Kremlin media machine and its corrupt elite.
EU and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development commit to accelerate green investments in partner countries.
Today, at the occasion of the COP28 Meeting in Dubai, the EU and EBRD stated their commitment to accelerate green investments in the Southern Mediterranean, Türkiye, the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans with the signing of statements of intent for two guarantee schemes to be funded...
The Commission and the High Representative present a strategic and forward-looking report on the state of play of EU-Türkiye relations
Today, the European Commission and the High Representative adopted a Joint Communication on the state of play of EU-Türkiye political, economic and trade relations, following up to the task set out by the European Council of 29-30 June 2023.
Press remarks by High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Várhelyi on the state of play of EU-Türkiye political, economic and trade relations
We are here today to present the Joint Communication on the state of play of our political, economic and trade relations with Türkiye that the College has just adopted right now.
Statement by President von der Leyen on the agreement between Israel and Hamas on an extension of the pause in hostilities
I welcome the agreement reached on the extension of 2 days of the pause in hostilities between Israel and Hamas. I once again call on the Hamas terrorists to release all hostages taken during their horrific attack of October 7th.