On 16 April 2003, in Athens, representatives from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia sign the Treaty concerning the accession of these countries to the European Union.
Le 16 avril 2003, le Conseil européen informel d'Athènes adopte une Déclaration dans laquelle les Quinze saluent le cinquième élargissement de l'Union européenne comme un événement historique et rappellent les missions de l'Union.
On 16 April 2003, following the vote in the European Parliament to approve a resolution in favour of the enlargement of the European Union, Pat Cox, President of the European Parliament, emphasises to the Informal European Council in Athens the importance of the Community method in tackling the economic and political challenges of this enlargement.
Die französische Tageszeitung Le Monde fasst in diesem Artikel die wichtigsten Reden zusammen, die während der feierlichen Unterzeichnung der Beitrittsverträge der zehn neuen Mitgliedstaaten zur Europäischen Union am 16. April 2003 gehalten wurden.
Die Süddeutsche Zeitung beschreibt die Atmosphäre in der, am 16. April 2003 in Athen, die Zeremonie zur Unterzeichnung des Vertrags für den Beitritt zur Europäischen Union von Zypern, der Tschechischen Republik, Estland, Ungarn, Lettland, Litauen, Malta, Polen, der Slowakei und Slowenien verlaufen ist.
Am 17. April 2003 unterstreicht die französische Tageszeitung Libération die besondere politische und wirtschaftliche Bedeutung der Erweiterung der Europäischen Union um Zypern, die Tschechische Republik, Estland, Ungarn, Lettland, Litauen, Malta, Polen, die Slowakei und Slowenien.
‘Easy to digest?’ In April 2003, the German cartoonist Mohr portrays the complicated nature of the European Union’s future enlargement and comments ironically on the advice given by Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enlargement, who warmly advises the new Member States ‘to study the small print carefully’ in the Accession Treaty.
On 30 May 2003, during an official visit to Poland, Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, emphasises the importance of the country’s accession to the European Union and compares the situations of the United Kingdom and Poland.
Bei einer gemeinsamen Pressekonferenz von Leszek Miller und Tony Blair am 30. Mai 2003 spricht sich der polnische Premierminister für ein Europa der Regierungszusammenarbeit aus und unterstreicht seine Ablehnung eines föderalistisch geprägten Europas.
On 25 November 2003, as the bill authorising the ratification of the Treaty of Athens is scrutinised in the French National Assembly, the French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, emphasises the historic nature of the enlargement of the European Union to include the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs).
On 4 December 2003, Louis Michel, Belgian Foreign Minister, delivers an address to the Chamber of Representatives in Brussels in which he emphasises the implications of the ratification of the Treaty of Accession and of the enlargement of the European Union.
On 21 November 1974, soldiers from the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) evacuate over a thousand Greek Cypriot civilians from the villages of Gypsos and Vone, in Famagusta District, at the east of the island, before they come under the control of the Turkish military forces.
The mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), in operation since 27 March 1964, was widened and extended following the events of 1974. The photo shows a Danish UN peacekeeper monitoring the 180-km-long demarcation line that divides the island into two distinct republics separating the Greek Cypriots from the Turkish Cypriots. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus lies to the north of this buffer zone, and the Republic of Cyprus to the south.
On 19 January 2002, commenting on the accession of the Republic of Cyprus to the European Union, the French daily newspaper Le Monde speculates on the future of relations between Turkey and Greece and on the division of the island.
On 22 January 2004, Denis MacShane, British Minister of State for Europe, delivers an address to the National Federation of Cypriots in London in which he emphasises the need for a rapid solution to the Cypriot crisis.
On 10 February 2004, negotiations between the two Cypriot communities, on the basis of the plan for a political settlement devised by the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, are officially opened at the seat of the United Nations in New York. From left to right: Rauf Denktash (Turkish Cypriot leader), Kofi Annan and Tassos Papadopoulos (President of the Republic of Cyprus).
On 19 February 2004, on an official visit to Nicosia, Alvaro de Soto (on the left), United Nations Special Adviser on Cyprus, discusses the settlement of the Cyprus crisis with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos (on the right).
On 19 February 2004, under the auspices of the United Nations, negotiations between the delegations of the two Cypriot communities resume in Nicosia. The photo shows Rauf Denktas, Turkish Cypriot leader, at the left-hand table, and Tassos Papadopoulos, President of the Republic of Cyprus, at the right-hand table.
On 31 March 2004, Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, presents his plan for the reunification of the island of Cyprus. A ‘revised and amended’ version of the plan is put to the island’s Greek and Turkish communities in a referendum on 24 April 2004.
On 7 April 2004, with a view to the referendum due to be held in Cyprus on the unification of the island, the European Commission proposes an Act of Adaptation of the terms of accession of a reunified Cyprus to the European Union.
On 15 April 2004, in the run-up to the referendum due to be held in Cyprus on the reunification of the island, Günter Verheugen, European Commissioner for Enlargement, delivers an address in Brussels in which he emphasises the importance of the plan proposed by the United Nations for the unification of Cyprus.
On 21 April 2004, in the run-up to the referendum due to be held in Cyprus on the unification of the island, Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, reassures the Cypriot people that the world is ready to help them to achieve unification in security.
On 21 April 2004, shortly before the referendum on the unification of the island of Cyprus, the European Parliament holds a debate on the Peace Plan proposed by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General.
On 21 April 2004, on the eve of the referendum in Cyprus on the unification of the island, the European Parliament adopts a resolution on the plan proposed by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, and on the prospects for the unification of Cyprus.
On 23 April 2004, in the Brussels daily newspaper La Libre Belgique, François Roelants du Vivier, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on External Relations and Defence of the Belgian Senate and, in this capacity, rapporteur on the situation in Cyprus, publishes an article in which he calls on the Greek and Turkish Cypriots to accept the Peace Plan drawn up by Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General.
On 24 April 2004, in the light of the negative outcome of the referendum on the reunification of the island of Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, delivers an address in Nicosia in which he notes the outcome of the vote and reaffirms his wish for a settlement to the Cypriot problem.
On 24 April 2004, Greek Cypriot citizens opposed to the reunification of Cyprus as proposed in the United Nations peace plan demonstrate in Eleftheria Square in Nicosia following the announcement of the ‘No’ vote in the referendum on the reunification of the island held the same day.
On 24 April 2004, the same day as the Cypriot referendum on the plan for national reunification proposed by the United Nations, Greek Cypriots try to secure a visa which will allow them to enter the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
On 27 April 2004, the French daily newspaper Le Monde focuses on the reasons for the rejection by the Greek Cypriots of the plan for the reunification of the island proposed by the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.
‘Cyprus sets up home in Europe.’ On 28 April 2004, after the rejection by Greek Cypriots of the United Nations plan for the unification of Cyprus, German cartoonist Sakurai takes an ironic look at the prospects of seeing a united island of Cyprus within the European Union.
‘A chance for Europe.’ In the light of Cyprus’ forthcoming accession to the European Union, the cartoonist, Fritz Behrendt, considers the future of Turkish-Greek relations and speculates over the division of the island.