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PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS-SEVILLE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, JUNE 21-22,2002
2002-06-23 12:58:36

The European Council that met in Seville, Spain on June 21-22 adopted its conclusions which also refer to Cyprus and Turkey. Below are the relevant paragraphs 22, 24 and 25.

PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS

SEVILLE EUROPEAN COUNCIL

JUNE 21-22, 2002

II. ENLARGEMENT

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22. The European Council reaffirms that, if the present rate of progress in negotiations and reforms is maintained, the European Union is determined to conclude the negotiations with Cyprus, Malta, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia by the end of 2002, if those countries are ready. The principle of differentiation must be fully complied with until the end of the negoriations. Drafting of the Treaty of Accession should continue so that it can be copleted as soon as possible after the conclusion of the accession negotiations. It would seem reasonable to expect that the treaty of Accession could be singed in spring 2003. The objective remains that these countries should participate in the elections for the European Parliament in 2004 as full members. However, this common aim can be realised within the time frame envisaged only if each candidate adopts a realistic and constructive approach.

24. In respect of the accession of Cyprus, the Helsinki conclusions are the basis of the European Union's position. The European Union's preference continues to be for the accession of a reunited island. The European Council fully supports the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and calls upon the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to intensify and expedite their talks in order to seize this unique window of opportunity for a comprehensive settlement, consistent with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions, hopefully before conclusion of the negotiations. The European Union would accommodate the terms of such a comprehensive settlement in the Treaty of Accession in line with the principles on which the European Union is founded: as a Member State, Cyprus will need to speak with a single voice and ensure proper application of European Union law. The European Union would make a substantial financial contribution in support of the development of the northern part of a reunited island.

25. The European Council welcomes the reforms recently adopted in Turkey. It encourages and fully supports the efforts made by Turkey to fulfil the priorities defined in its Accession Partnership. The implementation of the required political and economic reforms will bring forward Turkey's prospects of accession in accordance with the same principles and criteria as are applied to the other candidate countries. New decisions could be taken i Copenhagen on the next stage of Turkey's candidature in the light of development in the situation between the Seville and Copenhagen European Councils, on the basis of the regular report to be submitted by the Commission in October 2002 and in accordance with the Helsinki and Laeken conclusions.

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