Accession Country

Accession Country

In international relations, a country that is a prospective member of the European Union. In order to qualify as an accession country, a state must have a democracy with a market economy, it must respect human rights, and it must accept the aims of the European Union. In order to actually join the EU, a treaty stating such must be ratified by both the accession country and the European Parliament.
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In fact, there is no real difference between the rate of entrepreneurial activity of accession country immigrants and those born and living in the UK, despite the former having a stronger preference for business ownership.
In February 2005, the WTO General Council accepted its application, and negotiations were launched at working party level and bilaterally with a number of WTO members (under the WTO rules of procedure, before entering the organisation an accession country has to secure a nod from all its 132 members).
Mr Phillips said that between July 2004 and March 2006, almost 5,700 Accession country nationals registered as bus, lorry and coach drivers.
Once the acquis is comprehensively enacted and enforced in an accession country, the latter will have more than 75% of enterprise assets in private ownership, no state ownership of small enterprises and a free land market.
These steps must necessarily take into account the particular circumstances of each accession country, such as its current economic situation, monetary policy regime, and fiscal stance.
As a consequence, upon inclusion into the EU, each accession country's borders will essentially disappear effective May 1, 2004.
At this stage, President Barroso is already committed to referring to Parliament as soon as an accession country submits a formal request to him.
In the 19th century it was the Irish, in the 21st it is the Poles and other accession country nationals.
Only once in the history of the Community (the case of Greece) have member states not followed the Commission'sarecommendation on how ready an accession country was to join the EU.
Until now, they have been available only for projects involving a neighbouring EU Member State, but from January 1999 one-third of the ECU 180 million PHARE budget for such schemes can be used for accession country projects.