This month the European Commission is due to recommend which countries are ready to join the European Union (EU).
In December the Council of ministers will decide on those allowed to become members in the next wave of enlargement due in 2004.
At ﬁrst sight, Cyprus’s prospects of being admitted in the ﬁrst wave are good: negotiations have practically been completed; legal harmonisation is well on target, with more than ﬁve hundred pieces of legislation already approved by parliament; and implementation is progressing as planned.
However, Cyprus’s status as a divided island continues to cast a shadow over its future. Hopes that a solution was just around the corner, which rose at the beginning of the year when the leader of Northern Cyprus, Rauf Denktash, agreed to resume inter-communal talks, have not been realised. The two sides have met regularly two or three times a week since January, but there has been no progress.