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Directorate-General Enlargement (ELARG)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General was responsible for the negotiations on enlargement with candidate member states and maintaining relations with prospective member states. On January 1st 2015 this DG was replaced by DG Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. 

The main tasks of this DG were:

  • manage the negotiations process for countries joining the European Union
  • assist candidate countries and potential candidates in meeting the "Copenhagen criteria" – defined by the Treaty and the European Council – and monitor their progress
  • define and implement the EU's stabilisation and association policy in the Western Balkans
  • manage the EU's bilateral relations with candidate countries and potential candidates
  • address issues resulting from the accession of Cyprus to the EU as a divided island
  • manage the bulk of the EU’s financial assistance to candidate countries and potential candidates, as well as to new member countries during a transition period following accession
  • manage the Commission’s information and communication policy relating to enlargement in candidate countries and potential candidates