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Slovensko a Európska únia
Slovakia and the European Union

Author(s): Peter Javorčík
Subject(s): Politics, International relations/trade, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: Slovakia; 2000; EU; integrations; negotiations; Helsinki Summit; Visegrad;
Summary/Abstract: The year 2000 could be mostly characterised as the year when Slovakia opened its accession negotiations with the European Union. After the strategic decision of the Helsinki Summit about the opening of accession negotiations Slovakia concentrated on reaching a quick progress in the negotiation process. In this way Slovakia consistently pushed forward the realization of the key principles accepted by the Helsinki Summit: the principle of differentiation of candidates according to their preparedness, and the so called "catch-up" principle which allows us to catch up with the countries that already began the negotiations in 1998. Our preparedness to reach our aim, to enter the EU together with the other countries of the Visegrad Group, was proved by the careful preparation of position documents, while they were delivered in due time.

  • Page Range: 125-130
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2001
  • Language: Slovak