Juncker sees no prospects of EU enlargement until 2020

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sees no prospects of admission to the EU of new members, at least, before the expiration of his mandate in 2019.

“There will be no new members until 2019 when I’m gone (from this post)” he said Wednesday at a conference in Livenskom Catholic University (Belgium), answering students ‘ questions.

He recalled saying that in 2014, when he took office.

“None of the candidate countries does not meet the Copenhagen criteria (required for entry into the Union – ed.). But, undoubtedly, in the future, the extension will be”, – said the head of the European Commission.

He recalled that the ongoing negotiations with the Western Balkan countries that the EU has already promised a “European perspective”, last year opened a new article of negotiations with Turkey, which, however, in his opinion, now more and more away from Europe, the negotiations between the Cypriot communities on the reunification of the island.

“But I don’t see that at least one of the candidate countries were ready to join the EU before 2020,” he said.