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Latest news about eastern and central Europe and EU enlargement. Since it was founded in 1958, the EU has regularly accepted new member countries. Each applicant country must meet certain requirements before membership is permitted. Regular enlargements have seen the EU grow from its original 6 founding members to 28 in 2013. Any country that satisfies the conditions for enlargement can apply to be a candidate. The European Commission, at the request of the European Council, assesses the applicant’s ability to meet the conditions of membership. If the opinion is positive and the Council agrees a negotiating mandate, discussions are formally opened between the applicant and the EU. At the start of 2013, five countries had been accepted as EU candidate countries: Iceland, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (under UN Security Resolution 1244) have the status of potential candidates.

United Europe grants EU candidate status to Ukraine, Moldova 23 June 2022, 23:45 CET
At a summit on Thursday, EU leaders made a historic decision to grant the status of European Union candidate to Ukraine and Moldova in the face of Russia's continuing war of aggression against Ukraine.

MEPs approves plans to restock gas reserves before winter 23 June 2022, 23:47 CET
In response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the EU Parliament approved Thursday a proposal which sets a mandatory minimum level of gas in storage facilities at 80 per cent by 1 November.

EU extends Russia sanctions over Crimea 20 June 2022, 23:07 CET
EU foreign ministers decided Monday to renew for another year sanctions introduced against Russia as a response to its illegal annexation in 2014 of Crimea and the city of Sebastopol.

Brussels recommends EU candidate status for Ukraine 20 June 2022, 23:06 CET
The EU Commission recommended Friday that Ukraine, as well as Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, be given candidate status for membership of the European Union.

Croatia ready to adopt euro in 2023: Eurogroup 17 June 2022, 18:13 CET
The Eurogroup of EU finance ministers endorsed a recommendation Thursday for Croatia to introduce the euro on 1 January 2023, the first step in a legal process to enable Croatia to join the euro area.

EU Commissioner in Ukraine announces EUR 205m humanitarian aid 15 June 2022, 18:43 CET
The EU allocated EUR 205 million in further humanitarian aid to Ukraine Thursday, as Commissioner Lenarcic visited the country to help coordinate the EU's crisis response on the ground.

EU gives formal approval to new sanctions against Russia 07 June 2022, 22:00 CET
The EU Council gave formal approval Friday to a new package of sanctions against Russia, for its continuing war of aggression against Ukraine and reported atrocities committed by Russian troops.

Croatia set to adopt euro on 1 January 04 June 2022, 00:05 CET
Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023, the European Commission concluded on Wednesday in a review of the country's preparedness to join the single currency area.

Croatia and the euro 01 June 2022, 22:46 CET
Croatia joined the European Union on 1 July 2013 and has been in ERM-II since 10 July 2020.

European Commission's Convergence Report 2022 01 June 2022, 23:02 CET
The European Commission concluded on 1 June that Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023, bringing the number of euro area Member States to twenty.

EU bans Russian oil in new sanctions package 01 June 2022, 23:03 CET
EU leaders at a summit Tuesday agreed a sixth package of sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine, covering crude oil and petroleum products delivered from Russia to Member States.

EU proposes tougher rules on assets of oligarchs 25 May 2022, 23:17 CET
The European Commission proposed Wednesday new EU-wide rules on freezing and confiscating the assets of criminals and oligarchs who violate sanctions imposed against them.

EU supports Ukraine economy with temporary trade liberalisation 24 May 2022, 22:10 CET
EU ministers gave the green light to significant support to Ukraine's economy Tuesday with a one-year suspension of import duties on all Ukrainian exports to the European Union and other trade concessions.

EU reaches deal on plans to restock gas reserves 24 May 2022, 22:13 CET
EU Parliament and states reached agreement Thursday on a regulation to set mandatory minimum level of gas in storage facilities to ensure security of energy supply across the EU each winter.

EU moves to end reliance on Russian fossil fuels 19 May 2022, 22:16 CET
The EU presented its response to the global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine Wednesday, with plans to save energy, produce clean energy, and diversify energy supplies.

Russia's war with Ukraine hits EU growth outlook 18 May 2022, 22:43 CET
The European Union downgraded its forecasts for economic growth Monday, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine leads to a surge in energy prices and drives inflation to record highs.

EU strengthens Eurojust role on war crimes 09 May 2022, 23:04 CET
EU states adopted a mandate Friday on new rules which will allow the judicial cooperation agency Eurojust to preserve, analyse and store evidence relating to core international crimes, such as war crimes.

EU stands ready to help rebuild Ukraine and its economy 05 May 2022, 23:07 CET
The EU stands ready to help rebuild Ukraine after the war, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said at a donor's conference Thursday, proposing the EU start working on an ambitious recovery package.

EU moves to suspend import duties for Ukraine exports 03 May 2022, 23:38 CET
The Commission proposed Wednesday a one-year suspension of import duties on all Ukrainian exports to the EU, as well as anti-dumping and safeguard measures in place on Ukrainian steel exports.

EU looks to legal migration to help meet skills needs 27 April 2022, 22:52 CET
The EU Commission proposed Wednesday a set of legal, operational and policy initiatives to improve migration management to the benefit of the EU economy and strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries.

Attracting skills and talent to the EU - guide 27 April 2022, 22:26 CET
The European Commission set out on 27 April a sustainable legal migration policy, proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives to benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.

EU increases supplies of military equipment to Ukraine 14 April 2022, 23:40 CET
The European Union added EUR 500 million to resources under its 'European Peace Facility' to supply military equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, thereby tripling the initial budget to EUR 1.5 billion.

New EU sanctions hit Russian exports 13 April 2022, 00:20 CET
In light of Russia's brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, and reported atrocities committed by Russian troops, the EU imposed Friday a fifth set of economic and individual sanctions against Russia.

Brussels proposes ban on Russian coal in new round of sanctions 05 April 2022, 22:11 CET
As more gruesome pictures emerge from Ukrainian regions vacated by Russian troops, the EU Commission proposed Tuesday new sanctions on Russia's economy, including a ban on imports of Russian coal.

EU releases EUR 17 bn to help Ukrainian refugees 04 April 2022, 17:23 CET
The EU Council gave the go-ahead Monday for Member States to redirect 2014-2020 cohesion policy funds towards emergency support to people fleeing from Russia's invasion of Ukraine in their territory.