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The Commissioner for Enlargement is the member of the European Commission in charge of overseeing the accession process of prospective new member states. The current Commissioner is Olli Rehn (ALDE), who has overseen the enlargement to Romania and Bulgaria The portfolio deals with the Enlargement of the European Union, which has already grown from 6 members to 27. Currently there are three candidate countries, three who have formally applied for membership, and three Stabilisation and Association Process countries; all of which are located in the western Balkans save for Iceland and Turkey.

Accession of: Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Kosovo, and Serbia


Current commissioner

Olli Rehn became enlargement commissioner in 2004, following the enlargement to 10 new countries. In 2007 he oversaw the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Union. In 2004 Candidate status was granted to Croatia, and in 2005 to Macedonia.

As Commissioner, Rehn has been involved with the enlargement to the western Balkans and Turkey, encouraging reform on those countries. 2006 saw the independence of Montenegro and separate accession talks starting with them.

In 2007 he welcomed the UN proposal on Kosovo by Martti Ahtisaari which advocated near-independence to the region and would have seen separate accession negotiations with the Union.

The Commissioner has also been involved in the reunification of Cyprus, bringing Northern Cyprus into the European Union. Rehn's head of cabinet is Timo Pesone and his deputy head is Maria Åsenius.

List of commissioners

Name Period Country European Commission
1 Günter Verheugen 1999-2004  Germany Prodi Commission
2 Janez Potočnik 2004  Slovenia Prodi Commission
3 Olli Rehn 2004-2009  Finland Barroso Commission

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