The enlargement of the European Union is a necessary process, as it secures peace and promotes progress and prosperity in Europe. The EU candidate countries are rightly required to meet certain minimum standards in the areas of the rule of law, freedom of the press and combating crime and corruption. These conditions for accession are well defined in the Copenhagen criteria. Negotiations with the states that have been promised accession must also be pursued fairly and with the same standards. This applies to the countries of the Western Balkans – Serbia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia – as well as Turkey.