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Eight more Eastern European countries could join EU by 2018, President of Romania says
Date 07/06/2011 15:00  Author webmaster  Hits 1175  Language Global
7 JUN 2011

Another eight countries could have joined the European Union by 2018, the President of Romania said last night.

By Christopher Hope | The Telegraph

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph in London, President Traian Basescu said the number of member states could increase from 27 to 35 by 2018.

He said: “We are looking at the extension. May be it is not the right moment in this crisis to discuss but it is clear that both countries are supportive for western Balkans integration, for Moldovan integration, for Turkey integration.

“These are common points of view between Bucharest and London. For the time being we can imagine an EU extended in western Balkans, with Moldova and with Turkey. We cannot now imagine a larger European Union.

“That will be 35, maybe by 2018 or 2020 when this process will be finalised.”

President Basescu said that the expansion was dependent on EU countries hit by economic crisis. He said: “It will depend on very much on how Europe left the crisis period.

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