In the future Turkey will be even more important for Europe.

Democratic structures and the rule of law have on the whole been strengthened. Protection of human rights has continued to improve.

It is Europe's response to the end of the Cold War and an opportunity to heal the wounds of the past, wounds of war and dictatorship.

This is only a first step. The experience we will get will help us to replace animal testing also in the area of research and development.

For the 15 member states, it's strategic objective Number One. For candidate countries, it's a light at the end of the tunnel.

The beginning of a change to democracy and the rule of law in Turkey.

May 1 will be a milestone in the history of Europe.

Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey still fail to satisfy either of these... criteria.

We have a lot of opportunities and ideas on how we can reduce that very considerably.