|Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland Become Associate Members |
Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland Become Associate Members
Western European Union Press Release, Brussels, 23 March 1999.
On Tuesday, 23 March 1999, the WEU Permanent Council took the decision on Associate Membership for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, following their accession to membership of NATO. These three countries previously had the status of Associate Partners within WEU.
The Permanent Council's decision will be confirmed in a declaration at the meeting of the WEU Council of Ministers to be held in Bremen on 10 and 11 May.
WEU's current membership is therefore as follows:
- 10 Member States (members of both the European Union and NATO): Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom);
- 6 Associate Members (also members of NATO): the Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland and Turkey;
- 5 Observers (also members of the European Union): Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Sweden;
- 7 Associate Partners (all signatories of a Europe Agreement with the EU): Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Denmark is also a member of NATO.