EU Enlargement

On 10 October 2012, the EU Committee launched an inquiry into the EU enlargement process and the EU's enlargement strategy. Following an open call for written evidence and a series of oral evidence sessions, the Committee published its report on 6 March 2013.

The EU Committee's inquiry looked at the motivations and prospects for future enlargement, and its potential consequences. As well as asking what impact Europe's economic problems have had on the EU's enlargement agenda, the Committee asked what impact enlargement had had on the Union, new Member States, and those who hope to one day join. The Committee examined enlargement's effects on a number of different fronts: economic, political, constitutional, legal, and social.

The report was debated by the House of Lords on 26 June 2013.

Report, Evidence and Response

Since the report was published, the Committee have received a number of responses from colleagues across the EU and the candidate and potential candidate countries. In particular, the Chairman has received responses to the report from the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the UK, and the Cypriot House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee. This correspondence is made available below.


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Members interests

Members' interests in relation to this inquiry

The Members of the EU Select Committee have declared the following interests in relation to this inquiry:

Members are required to register any financial and non-financial interests that a reasonable member of the public might think would influence their actions in Parliament. The full text of the Register is available online: