This week the EU's 15 Heads of state and government from the current Member States and the leaders of the 13 candidate countries meet in Copenhagen. We meet with a clear task--to decide on enlargement of the EU.
We will finish a process that began almost ten years ago at another Summit in Copenhagen. In 1993, the EU took the first step towards integrating the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe into the EU. Now we are ready to conclude negotiations with the first new Member States.