Insight Central Europe

12-10-2002

The European Commission this week published its final progress reports on ten candidate countries' readiness for membership of the European Union, and recommended that they be allowed to join in 2004. In this week's Insight Central Europe, we look at how Poland's large farming community can expect to find life in the EU. Like other countries in the region, Slovakia has been criticised for its treatment of its Roma; does the latest EC report see any progress in race relations in Slovakia? And after around a century and a half of drinking rum, the EU is now telling the Czechs that the drink they know and love is not rum at all.