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"Limits for the provision of economic stability to Central and Eastern European countries"

Jacobsen, Hanns D. (1997) "Limits for the provision of economic stability to Central and Eastern European countries". In: UNSPECIFIED, Seattle, WA. (Unpublished)

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    The Central and Eastern European countries' efforts to become members of the European Union as soon as possible demonstrate their eagerness to benefit not only from market access to the European Union (EU) and from access to the Union's agricultural and regional funds to continue their transition to market economies. They also indicate their readiness to sacrifice some vital areas of their newly-won economic and political autonomy to become part of the comprehensive web of the EU's economic, political, and social system. This paper discusses the state of readiness of the Central and East European Countries (CEEC) to become EU members over the next few years and the Union's capacity to absorb up to ten CEECs over the next decade or so. This paper concludes that the economic and political opening of the CEEC has been smoother and took place with lesser societal conflicts than initially expected. However, these changes have to master a set of difficulties that come from too slow an adjustment to global challenges. This leads to impairments of international economic competitiveness that, in turn, slow necessary adjustment. The main reason is not lacking democratic legitimacy but both the structural conservation of factors stemming from the socialist past and the social consequences that come from an uncompromising opening of the economies.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    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 > 1997 (5th), May 29-June 1, 1997
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 25
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:23

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