Since the fall of Communism, countries such as Hungary and Poland have experienced a spectacular transformation into democracies with market economies. Ten countries in central Europe have now applied for membership of the European Union, which they regard as the final step on the road back to the heart of Europe. For the European Union, this enlargement provides a significant challenge to its capacity for change and flexibility. In this book a former leading European Commission official investigates the relationship between the European Union and countries of central Europe as it is today. He examines the detail of the association agreements, and provides the first analysis of their operation in key areas like trade and competition policy. Part III of the book considers the costs and benefits of enlargement and investigates the key problems in both east and west, including the Common Agricultural Policy, EU structural funds, budgetary policy and migration. Finally, the book investigates alternative strategies for enlargement.
Part I: Background; 1. From the overthrow of Communism to integration with the European Union; Part II: Association; 2. The Association Agreements and their institutions: the legal framework; 3. Trade and the Europe agreements; 4. The creation of the market economy: competition, factor movements and economic cooperation in the association agreements; Part III: Preparing Enlargement and Accession; 5. Going Beyond the Europe Agreements: the Union's pre-accession strategy; 6. Financial assistance to the accession process; 7. The costs and benefits of enlargement; 8. The political economy of enlargement; 9. The future European architecture; 10. Preparing for accession; problems for the associated countries; Part IV: Negotiations and the Substantial Problems of Enlargement; 11. Agriculture; 12. Environment and transport; 13. Redistribution and the structural funds; 14. Enlargement and the Union budget; 15. Free movement of labour and migration issues; 16. Justice and home affairs and the Schengen acquis; 17. The enlargement negotiations; 18. Conclusions.
Number Of Pages: 420
Available: 30th January 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Edition Number: 2