On Wednesday, the European Commission made public the report which analysts have been speculating about for weeks. So is the Czech Republic any closer to membership in the European Union? Linda Mastalir has the details:
issued by the European Commission deals with the Czech Republic's preparedness to enter the European Union, and the country ranks in the third group along with Slovenia, but behind Poland, Hungary, and Estonia, all of which are in the second grouping. At a press conference following the release of the report, the Ambassador of the European Commission to the Czech Republic, Ramiro Cibrian, commented on the analysis given in the national report:
The Czech Republic's chief EU negotiator, Pavel Telicka, also reacted positively to the report: "We are still talking about 2003 and we will continue talking about 2003, as the date when we want Union membership. Without discussion, January 1, 2003 is our goal," said Telicka.
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