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COPENHAGEN CRITERIA

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Definition:
Copenhagen criteria refers to the overall criteria which applicant countries (to the European Union (EU)) have to meet as a prerequisite for becoming members of the European Union were defined in general terms by the Copenhagen European Council in June 1993.

Context:
The Copenhagen criteria require (i) the stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the respect for and protection of minorities; (ii) the existence of a functioning market economy as well as the capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the EU; and (iii) the ability to take on the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political unification as well as Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Source Publication:
European Central Bank Annual Report.

Hyperlink:
http://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/annual/html/index.en.html

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Tuesday, November 13, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, June 11, 2013