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"European Union policymaking in candidate states: Legislating minority rights in the Czech Republic and Romania"

Ram, Melanie H. (2001) "European Union policymaking in candidate states: Legislating minority rights in the Czech Republic and Romania". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    In the following pages, I will assess if and how the EU has generated the protection of minority rights in candidate states, using the Czech Republic and Romania as case studies. Based on interviews, press reports, government statements, and public records, I examine the EU impact on the development of institutions, the context of legislation, the timing of reforms, and the process and character of domestic debate. Focusing on the citizenship law and the Roma in the Czech Republic and language legislation and ethnic Hungarians in Romania, I consider two of the issues that have raised the most controversy in these countries. If analogous EU requirements and expectations have similarly affected the domestic reform processes of two diverse candidate states in the field of minority rights, results should have broad application to less contentious issues and to other CEE countries with Europe Agreements. Moreover, the findings may have implications for other countries that hope to join the EU and possibly for other regions with strong regional organizations.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Romania
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > discrimination/minorities
    Countries > Czech Republic
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 03 May 2006
    Page Range: p. 32
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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