This article was published under the 2015-2020 European Committee of the Regions mandate.
The enlargement strategy and the accession of new Member States acts as a guarantee of EU policy implementation and the success of Europe as a whole. While there will be no further EU enlargement during its term of office (2014-2019), the ongoing enlargement process will continue. The process has now reached the point where enlargement discussions with Turkey have been put on hold for various political reasons. At the same time however, the Western Balkan countries, which are surrounded by EU Member States, have started to participate directly in European Commission policies; in addition to the enlargement process, they are also closely involved in the EU’s migration policy (Western Balkans route) and related policy areas, including security.
9 March 2017 The Rapporteur met Turkish ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı of the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the European Union to discuss his upcoming report.