|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Enlargement|
|Publisher||Publications Office of the European Union|
A new era is dawning for the European Union. Ten new Member States will join the Union on 1 May 2004 thereby bringing the post-war division of Europe to a peaceful conclusion. Enlargement lays the foundations for lasting peace, stability and prosperity for future generations. It is an inclusive and irreversible process. The members of the European family are joining their forces and capabilities to further enhance welfare and prosperity in a widened Union. By enlarging, the Union will also gain cultural and regional diversity and become an even more inspiring place to live and work. However, in order to realise the full benefits of enlargement, the Community will have to revisit its policies, and make its institutions more efficient and democratic so as to better respond to the needs and expectations of the people of Europe.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||EU Enlargement|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|