EU-Commissioners Olli Rehn
and Benita Ferrero Waldner are busy negotiating with “our European Neighbourhood partners”, the coming members of the EU successor: The Mediterranean Union!

In principle, the following is also true of  the relatons between the EU and other ENP countries around the Mediterranean.

Is the EU´s Neighbourhood Policy based on bilateral Action Plans to secure development aiming at EU Membership.  For the next budgetary period (2007-2013), approximately €12 billion in EC funding will be available.

Here the Mediterranean Union is already foreseen (EU Daily)!

The EU offers neighbours a privileged relationship   
The ENP remains distinct from the process of enlargement
but may lead to membership

The European Neighbourhood Policy applies to the EU's immediate neighbours by land or sea – Algeria, Armenia, AzerbaijanBelarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine. Although Russia is also a neighbour of the EU, the relations are instead developed through a Strategic Partnership covering four “common spaces

The central element of the European Neighbourhood Policy is the bilateral ENP Action Plans agreed between the EU and each partner. These set out an agenda of political and economic reforms. 

Powder Keg of the Balkans
" I hear very often in the region the expression "This is the Balkans" – which usually implies that something is predestined to go bust or wrong" (Olli Rehn March 11, 2008) .

"If Bosnia and Herzegovina fulfils its political conditions, including the adoption of a state-level political reform, it "should be able to sign" a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) – a first step towards EU membership – in April", EU enlargement commissioner Olli Rehn reaffirmed on March 5.
When inviting the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina Commissioner Rehn said: "I am fully committed to the European future of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its people. Like them, I want to see Bosnia and Herzegovina progress towards membership in the EU.
Commissioner Rehn will discuss with the political leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina the remaining conditions for the signature of the SAA.
Vice President Kallas and Commissioner Potocnik will share their experiences in policy making on the way to EU Membership.

52-55% of the population of 4.4 million (1990) are bosniaks, mainly Sunni and Sufist Muslims

Kosovo has just obtained international recognition as an independent country, after Albanian Muslims had multiplied themselves into majority in the ancient Serbian province - and after NATO has made an ethnic purge and allowed free persecution of Christians. To many Kosovo is the bogey of future European Sharia-society. The EU now recognizes the country - and wants it into the EU. 2.2 mill. inhabitants - mostly Muslims.

The former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia (2 mill., 33% Muslims) could get a date for opening EU accession negotiations if it meets "key priorities", including putting in place reforms of the judiciary and the public administration, and implementing a police and anti-corruption law.
And exactly the EU demands that!

This year could also be "decisive" for Croatia if it makes "substantial progress" with its judicial and administrative reforms, with the fight against corruption and the restructuring of its ship-building industry.

Serbian nationalism

Serbia's Belgrade to "reaffirm its commitment to closer ties with the EU", following recent statements by some Serbian politicians. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica recently stated that Serbia should not join the EU without Kosovo. But now he resigns - giving in to EU-supporting members of his government.

The Commission presented new measures on 5 March to accelerate EU pre-accession preparations with all the Western Balkan countries, including visa liberalisation.

On March 7, 2008, Commisioner Frattini , European Commission Vice President, in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, launched a dialogue on visa free travel  to all Albanian citizens!! (3.6 mill. Muslims).

Dialogue has also started with Serbia and Macedonia,  and Bosnia is to follow soon on lifting visa obligations. 

Kosovo is to receive over €1 billion from the EU to assist its development and finance the international presence in the former Serbian province until 2010. Kosovo has 2.2 mill. inhabitants mainly albanian Muslims:
Coordination with international financial institutions and bilateral donors for modernisation and development is also to be stepped up, with the aim of establishing a Western Balkans Investment Framework by 2010, the Commission paper says. 
Annual funding for the Western Balkans amounts to about €800 million, totalling €4 billion until 2011, with Serbia and Croatia receiving the largest sums.

Further support for EU accession of the West Balkans
A 'Transport Community Treaty' was presented by EU transport commissioner Jacques Barrot for developing the Balkans' infrastructure, extending the EU's main road and rail arteries to the region. 
"Transport connections are keys to connecting people and companies," said Commission Vice-President in charge of transport Jaques Barrot

On March 5, 2008, , commissioner Rehn also presented a series of proposals: Doubling the number of scholarships for students from the Balkans, opening up EU programmes in science and research, education and culture to countries of the region.

The Commission also intends to make more Community programmes accessible to the countries of the region. 


On March 7, 2008, Commissioner for External Relations and the European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, Fayza Aboulnaga, signed  the  Programme 2007-2010. The focus of the €558 million assistance package under the European Neighbourhood Policy is to support the

ENP Action Plan: trade, customs, agriculture, transport, energy and science, including co-operation in legal migration, border management and visa facilitation.

Sustainable development and management of human and natural resources: education and health sectors.

Reforms in the areas of democracy, human rights and justice: supporting Egypt's own political reform agenda. Strengthen the role of civil society in Egypt

Egypt is also eligible to receive funds under the Mediterranean ENPI Cross-border co-operation programme.

The Mediterranean Union is making progress at our cost - and toward our suffering as future dhimmis or jihad-warriors.