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"There is no formal decision but... I think it would be unwise to bring in other member states apart from Bulgaria and Romania, which will be joining us soon, before we have sorted out the institutional question," Mr Barroso told reporters in Brussels.

"I do think it would not be wise to proceed with any enlargements before we have resolved the constitutional issue in Europe," he said.

Mr Barroso stressed that there were limits to the EU's capacity to absorb new members without new rules to make an expanded bloc work effectively.

However, he said he "would like Croatia to join as quickly as possible, if it fulfils all the criteria".

Croatia has expressed hopes of completing its membership negotiations by 2009.

Mr Barroso made no mention of the other candidates for membership - Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which officially gained candidate status in 2005.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Sep 26th, 2006 at 11:05:15 AM EST
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