BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Russian Polish Albanian Greek Czech Ukrainian Serbian Turkish Romanian
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: Europe  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
LANGUAGES
EDITIONS
Saturday, 14 December, 2002, 01:39 GMT
In quotes: Europe's leaders greet expansion
French President Jacques Chirac (l) proposes a toast
Expansion plans were almost universally welcomed
The popping of champagne corks added to the atmosphere as leaders from both current and future European Union member states celebrated the Copenhagen summit's agreement on expansion.


Current EU President, Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen:

This is a truly proud moment for the European Union. It is a triumph for liberty and democracy, and to our new members I say warmly welcome to our family - our new Europe is born.


European Commission President Romano Prodi:

Accession of 10 new member states will bring an end to the divisions in Europe... For the first time in history Europe will become one because unification is the free will of its people.


Polish Prime Minister Leszek Miller:

Poland has taken a huge historic step, I deeply believe that our nation fully deserves this chance which opens the door for us and future generations.


Estonian Prime Minister Siim Kallas:

Economies of the new members will develop faster, and investment will come, we can sell our goods in Europe and we can travel and work in Europe. Europe represents a new space for opportunity for us.


Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

We think the double standards the EU countries apply in their political practices are not in line with contemporary values.


French President Jacques Chirac:

One cannot but think this evening of the victims of the numerous wars of the 20th Century, the absurd deaths... the victims of anti-Semitism and racism, of all the catastrophes... and man's folly.


British Prime Minister Tony Blair:

When we look back at the history of Europe... and we reflect back on all the war and conflict, we realise that we are reuniting Europe. It is a day we can truly be proud of.


White House statement:

The European Union's decision further unites the new and the established democracies of Europe, and advances the creation of a Europe whole, free and at peace.


Key stories

Europe's new frontiers

Background

CLICKABLE GUIDES

LaunchIN PICTURES

TALKING POINT

AUDIO VIDEO
See also:

13 Dec 02 | Europe
13 Dec 02 | Europe
13 Dec 02 | Europe
13 Dec 02 | Europe
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes