Directorate-General Enlargement (ELARG)

Source: Europa Nu.

This Directorate-General i was responsible for the negotiations on enlargement with candidate member states and maintaining relations with prospective member states. On January 1st 2015 this DG was replaced by DG Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. i

The main tasks of this DG were:

  • manage the negotiations process for countries joining the European Union
  • assist candidate countries and potential candidates in meeting the "Copenhagen criteria" – defined by the Treaty and the European Council – and monitor their progress
  • define and implement the EU's stabilisation and association policy in the Western Balkans
  • manage the EU's bilateral relations with candidate countries and potential candidates
  • address issues resulting from the accession of Cyprus to the EU as a divided island
  • manage the bulk of the EU’s financial assistance to candidate countries and potential candidates, as well as to new member countries during a transition period following accession
  • manage the Commission’s information and communication policy relating to enlargement in candidate countries and potential candidates


Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 153 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
08.11.2023  Establishing the Reform and Growth Facility for the Western Balkans.
Regulation com(2023)692
12.07.2023  Deepening EU integration in view of future enlargement.
15.06.2023  Current and future challenges regarding cross-border cooperation with neighbouring countries.
25.11.2021  Security in the Eastern Partnership area and the role of Common Security and Defence Policy.
25.11.2021  EU Border Regions: Living labs of European integration.


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 57 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by undefined, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
20.06.2023  Establishing the Ukraine Facility.
Regulation com(2023)338
14.06.2018  Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III).
Regulation com(2018)465
06.10.2016  Conclusion of the Protocol to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina to take account of the accession of Croatia to the EU.
Decision com(2016)640
18.07.2016  Procedures for applying the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo.
Regulation com(2016)460
30.04.2015  Conclusion of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with of Kosovo.
Association agreement com(2015)181


Legislation in force

There are at least 13 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by undefined.
Date Title
11.11.2013  Approval of the conclusion by the Commission, on behalf of Euratom, of a Protocol to the Agreement with Macedonia to take account of the accession of Croatia to the EU.
Recommendation com(2013)778
10.04.2008  Amendment of Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 on a regime under Article 2 of Protocol 10 to the act of accession concerning rules on goods, services and persons crossing the ...
Regulation com(2008)8
20.11.2007  Signing and conclusion of the Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the EC and Serbia.
Decision com(2007)744
06.11.2007  Principles, priorities and conditions contained in the European Partnership with Albania.
Decision com(2007)656
13.09.2007  Community Position to be adopted in the EC - Montenegro Interim Committee on its Rules of Procedure including the Terms of Reference and Structure of the EC-Montenegro ...
Decision com(2007)522