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Since its inception in the 1950s, the EU has pursued its widening - enlargement - agenda ambitions alongside its deepening - integration - ambitions. The European Union has completed its strategy for enlarging that it embarked upon first with the commitment it made at the 1993 Copenhagen European Council to the CEECs that they could join, and then in earnest with the launch of the Agenda 2000 strategy in 1997. Twelve new Member States acceded to the Union on 1 May 2004 and 1 January 2007. This conclusory chapter of the book, which presents the general pre-accession strategy in its historical context and traced its evolution and influences. The chapter presents an overview of other chapters of the book are organized.

Keywords: Copenhagen European Council; new Member States; pre-accession strategy



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