The eurozone crisis might have made EU membership a less attractive proposition lately. Nevertheless talks with applicant countries are ongoing in Brussels. The EUobserver reports that EU states have agreed to invite Montenegro for negotiations on membership, with talks starting as soon as 29 June. EU foreign ministers said Brussels would closely monitor Montenegro's efforts to tackle corruption and organised crime during the accession process that may last several years.
Meanwhile, the Swiss daily Le Temps adds that a meeting of EU foreign ministers earlier in the week discussed Icelandic efforts to join the EU 27.
Difficult to believe, that the island is still looking to join the EU, in the midst of the euro crisis... Why is Reykjavik continuing to push for it? ... Essentially, to secure the island to mainland Europe after the speculative financial bubble burst in September 2008.
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