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Then that's just normal practice, in so far as there are many instances of time limited exceptions to the acquis in accession situations. It's an unusual one and pretty nasty, but it doesn't seem like it establishes any new principle.

There is one almost guaranteed to apply to Turkey when/if it joins: Turkish will not have freedom of movement to work for some time, just like the recent accession countries.

Though technically that's possibly not an exception to the acquis, it seems the same in practice: the rules don't always all apply immediately to new accession states and there are all sorts of time limited exceptions to things.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 11:16:19 AM EST
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