Pre-accession strategy

The pre-accession strategy offers a "structured dialogue" between the candidate countries and the EU institutions throughout the accession process, providing all the parties with a framework and the necessary instruments. It is laid down for each candidate country individually.The pre-accession strategy follows on from the European Council of Luxembourg (December 1997) during which a reinforced pre-accession strategy for the ten Central and Eastern European candidate countries was launched. It is essentially based on: the bilateral agreements; the accession partnerships and the national programmes for the adoption of the acquis; participation in Community programmes, agencies and committees; political dialogue; the evaluation of the Commission ("monitoring"); pre-accession assistance; cofinancing by international financial institutions (IFI).