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New Applicant Countries

In November 2002, there were ten new states which had applied for EU membership, and which are likely to be accepted and endorsed by the existing member states. In addition, there are at least another five countries which are interested in joining, but which will need to make some changes before they are likely to be considered acceptable as members.

New Eurozone Members
Twelve of the fifteen member states joined the euro at its inception, the other three, Denmark, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, have not yet joined, but almost certainly will do so in the fullness of time. We believe that for any new EU members, joining the euro will be one of the most important advantages to be gained from joining the EU, indeed we hear reports that the euro is already a de facto currency in many of them.

Joining Soon
The following ten countries are the most likely to be joining soon. On Thursday December 12th 2002, the meeting of EU prime ministers in Copenhagen is expected to decide that these ten countries can join, most likely on May 1st 2004:-

The following two countries are also strong potential candidates for joining, and are thought likely to join in 2007:-

Another three countries are likely to follow shortly after:-

One of the biggest questionmarks remains over Turkey, with a population of over 67 million. Turkey is obviously an important potential member, although there are a number of problems to be solved.

The following countries would probably benefit from joining, but their possible entry is less likely than those listed above:-

According to the Sunday Times, the following could be joining in 30 years from now:-

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

The above lists are not exclusive. A number of other countries, including Switzerland, have negotiated special relationships with the EU.

We have even heard suggestions about Scottish euros! Although Scotland used to have its own coinage about 400 years ago, and now has its own devolved parliament, it is unlikely that Scotland will issue its own euros. However, when the UK joins the euro, it will almost certainly continue its tradition, strengthened in recent years, of honouring each of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom on different coins.

Although we do not expect any imminent developments, if you are interested in potential euro issues from any of the above countries, bookmark this page, and watch it for further news.

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