Green credentials of EU's next wave examined

Commission fires starting gun for Turkish talks, reports on progress in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania

The European Commission has issued its latest annual assessment of progress towards environmental - and other - EU norms by potential new member states. Ten countries having joined in May the spotlight has now switched to Bulgaria and Romania, plus new candidate Turkey.

The Commission fired the starting gun for accession talks with Turkey on Wednesday, reporting "substantial progress" in the country's political reform progress. Though no deadline has been fixed it is thought that Ankara could join in a decade. If so, with its large population and low per capita wealth it could have a significant impact on EU environmental policies.

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