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P5_TA(2002)0531
European Council (Brussels, 24/25 October 2002)
European Parliament resolution on the outcome of the European Council meeting in Brussels on24/25 October 2002
The European Parliament
,having regard to the Presidency Conclusions of the Brussels European Council on 24/25 October2002, the European Council report and the Commission statement in plenary on this issue on 6 Nov-ember 2002,having regard to the Commission report on the progress towards accession by the candidate states(COM(2002)700) communicated on 9 October 2002,A. whereas, regarding enlargement, it is preparing its position on the annual reports presented by theCommission on the progress of the applicant countries, and it will be called upon to give its assent tothe conclusions of the current negotiations between the EU and each applicant country,B. whereas the evaluations of the candidate countries remain subject to strict compliance with theCopenhagen criteria and the conclusions of the Helsinki European Council as well as the principle of differentiation,
The Convention 
1. Welcomes the report by chairman Valéry Giscard d’Estaing on the work of the Convention, whichculminated in the preparation of a preliminary draft Treaty setting out a Constitution for Europe;
Overall assessment of the enlargement process
2. Welcomes the European Council’s endorsement of the findings and recommendations of the Com-mission that Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the SlovakRepublic and Slovenia fulfil the political criteria and will be able to fulfil the economic criteria and toassume the obligations of membership from the beginning of 2004;3. Welcomes the fact that the European Council took the necessary decisions which will enable theUnion to present negotiating positions to the candidate states on all outstanding issues in November2002 at the latest;4. Welcomes the determination to conclude the negotiations with these countries at the EuropeanCouncil in Copenhagen on 12/13 December 2002 and to sign the Accession Treaty in Athens in April2003;5. Notes that public approval for the enlargement of the EU must not be taken for granted in theapplicant countries and the current Member States; calls on the European institutions and the governmentsof the applicant countries and Member States to increase and improve their efforts to inform their citizensabout the accession process in a decentralised and coordinated way which is free of propaganda;6. Urges the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to reach an agreement on a comprehen-sive settlement this autumn and calls on the Danish Presidency, in coordination with the United Nations,to make renewed efforts to secure a positive outcome in the on-going negotiations for a settlement onCyprus, which would allow the accession of a reunited Cyprus;7. Welcomes the European Council’s agreement with the Commission’s evaluation of the progressachieved by Bulgaria and Romania and its support for these countries in their efforts to achieve theobjective of membership;C16E/90 EN 22.1.2004Official Journal of the European Union
Thursday 7 November 2002
 
8. Shares the European Council’s views of the steps taken by Turkey as registered in the Commission’sregular report and encourages Turkey to pursue its reform process; expects that the new Turkish Govern-ment will support the forthcoming accession of Cyprus to the EU and hopes for fruitful cooperation withthe new Grand National Assembly, on the basis of the announcement by the two parties that will berepresented that they intend to pursue a pro-European policy;9. Firmly believes that EU enlargement will provide a good opportunity to enhance relations betweenthe EU and its new neighbours with the objective of creating stability and narrowing the prosperity gap atthe new borders of the Union; calls therefore on the Council and the Commission to present to theEuropean Parliament the results of the discussion on the ‘new neighbours initiatives’ taking into accountthe fact that, beyond the South East European region and the Eastern neighbours, the broader question of the ‘wider Europe’ must be addressed;
Agricultural matters and budgetary and financial issues (2004-2006)
10. Welcomes the fact that the European Council has fallen into line with Parliament and the Commis-sion in general on the budgetary and financial issues relating to the enlargement of the European Union,such as the phasing-in of direct aid in the agricultural sector, structural and cohesion policy, budgetary compensation in the form of a lump sum, degressive and temporary payments on the expenditure side of the EU budget and several transitional measures to ensure that the new Member States will not be in aworse financial situation than before membership;11. Regrets that the European Council has not also considered new political tasks in the field of externalaction as a result of enlargement; recalls the intention of the Commission and of the Secretary-General of the Council to analyse the fresh challenges and opportunities in foreign policy afforded by enlargementand to submit a report during the first half of 2003;12. Stresses that as a result of the accession of the new Member States, the Financial Perspective 2000-2006 needs to be adjusted to cater for enlargement on the basis of agreement between the two arms of thebudgetary authority, Parliament and the Council, in accordance with the procedure laid down in point 25of the Interinstitutional Agreement of 6 May 1999(
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);13. Calls on the Commission to keep Parliament informed about the progress of the negotiations withthe accession countries and calls at the same time on the Council to enter immediately into a dialoguewith Parliament on the budgetary and financial aspects in order to facilitate the conclusion of the enlarge-ment negotiations by the end of the year; reminds the Council that any decision with regard to a new Financial Perspective can only be taken in agreement with Parliament;14. Welcomes the fact that the European Council was able to reach an agreement on the financing of the CAP;15. Supports the phasing-in of direct payments to the new Member States during the period from 2004to 2013 starting from the level of 25%;16. Believes that the freezing of the first pillar budget leaves room for, and necessitates, a reform of theCAP, in which rural development should play a more important role; considers that, to facilitate thatprocess, more budgetary flexibility should be allowed between the two pillars of the CAP;17. Calls on the Council and Commission to begin immediate discussions with the European Parliamenton reform of the CAP, which accounts for half of the EU budget and cannot be left in abeyance; considersthat the European Parliament should be granted full co-decision competence with regard to the CAP aswell as to responsibility for agricultural expenditure;18. Endorses the decision that the small farmers scheme will not apply to direct payments; takes theview that, in the CEECs, structural changes in rural areas are required and should be supported to providealternative employment opportunities;
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) OJ C 172, 18.6.1999, p. 1.
22.1.2004 EN C16E/91Official Journal of the European Union
Thursday 7 November 2002

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