Monday, November 23, 1998 Published at 18:13 GMT
Brussels is getting its house in order ready to face negotiations with accession countries and within the EU itself.
Europe as 'fig-leaf'
Hungary is amongst the countries hoping to join the first wave of enlargement. Budapest correspondent Nick Thorpe has detected a deep desire to belong to a European community once again.
Local worries overshadow Czech ambitions
EU Membership too distant a prospect to concern Czechs as Ray Furlong reports from Prague
Polish enthusiasm for Europe is waning
James Coomarasamy reports from Warsaw where there are signs that among ordinary Poles enthusiasm for EU membership is slipping.
Cyprus: country report
The European Commission's assessment: economically, Cyprus looks well suited to EU membership, but politically the issues are far more complex.
Slovenia: country report
Slovenia's prosperous role within the Yugoslavian federation allowed it greater freedoms and more autonomy then other regions.
Estonia: country report
Major efforts are being made to reorganise and modernise the police force in order to fight organised crime.
Czech Republic: country report
The European Commission's assessment: significant elements of EU law have been adopted but this needs to be accompanied by implementation.
Hungary: country report
The European Commission's assessment: Hungary has made vast progress in liberalising its economy.