|Updated: 30-Jan-2003||January 2003|
At the November 2002 Prague Summit, NATO Heads of State and Government invited seven countries -- Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia -- to begin accession talks to join the Alliance.
The talks are a series of meetings between a team of NATO experts and individual invitees to discuss and formally confirm their interest, willingness and ability to meet the political, legal and military obligations and commitments of NATO membership.
After the conclusion of the talks, foreign ministers of the invited countries are expected to send letters of intent to NATO confirming their interest, willingness and ability to join the Alliance.
The entire accession process is to be completed in time for these countries to join the Alliance, at the latest, at the next NATO Summit in May 2004.