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EU enlargement report to be issued earlier than planned
2002-09-16 15:23:38

Nicosia, Sep 16 (CNA) - The European Union enlargement progress report for candidate countries will be issued earlier than planned, in order to give the member states more time to discuss it.

The European Commission announced that the report would be issued on October 9 instead of October 16, at the initiative of the Dutch government that wanted more time to study it.|

"The Dutch government requested additional time to judge the candidates individually and discuss the report in parliament", a statement from the Commission's delegation in Nicosia says.

The report was originally due to be issued by the Commission on October 16 and adopted by the EU heads of state at their Brussels summit on October 24 and 25.

Cyprus opened accession negotiations with the EU in 1998 and is considered to be one of the frontrunners among candidate countries in adopting the acquis communautaire.

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