Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius welcomed the set of documents adopted by the Commission, which takes stock of the progress made by each candidate country and potential candidate, and agreed with the main idea that the EU’s enlargement policy was an investment in peace, security and stability in Europe. To the mutual benefit of the EU and the aspiring member states, the enlargement process has a powerful transformative effect on them. It also encourages the candidate countries for EU accession to undertake reforms, says Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This year, the annual reports were drawn up based on the new method. The reports focus on the refugee crisis. Core issues of fundamental rights, strengthening democratic institutions, working even more closely with local civil society actors, regional cooperation, as well as economic development and competitiveness remain key priorities.