Conclusions of the Madrid European Council: extract concerning enlargement (15 and 16 December 1995)

On 15 and 16 December 1995, the Madrid European Council confirms the need to make sound preparations for enlargement on the basis of the criteria laid down in Copenhagen and as part of an intensified pre-accession strategy in order to establish the conditions for the gradual, harmonious integration of those States, particularly through the development of the market economy, the adjustment of their administrative structures and the creation of a stable economic and monetary environment.

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Source: European Council. Presidency Conclusions. [ON-LINE]. [Brussels]: Council of the European Union, [21.06.2005]. Available on

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