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Negotiating Effectively for Accession to the European Union: Realistic Expectations, Feasible Targets, Credible Arguments

Nicolaides, Phedon (1998) Negotiating Effectively for Accession to the European Union: Realistic Expectations, Feasible Targets, Credible Arguments. EIPASCOPE, 1998 (1). pp. 1-6.

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    Abstract

    [Introduction]. As the European Union is preparing to launch the discussions that will eventually lead to the admission of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and Cyprus, a question that is increasingly being asked by the prospective members is what should they hope to obtain from those discussions or accession negotiations. They have already been told that the negotiations will determine their terms of accession and will ascertain their ability to assume the obligations of membership or ‘acquis communautaire’. In fact what they like to know is whether they could receive any exceptions or special treatment that will ease the pain of adjustment to life inside the EU. They want to know whether and how they can obtain derogations from the acquis. Yet, "derogation" is a dirty word in the European Union. No one admits it exists, nor that it is possible to obtain any during the accession negotiations. This short paper attempts to separate myth from reality and highlight what may be realistically pursued in the negotiations.... The rest of this short paper explains why negotiations are necessary, reviews the various types of derogations and provide examples from past accession negotiations to indicate what appears to be a feasible request for derogation and how past applicant countries presented and justified their requests.

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    Item Type: Article
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Estonia
    Countries > Slovenia
    Countries > Czech Republic
    Countries > Cyprus
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Poland
    Countries > Hungary
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht) > EIPASCOPE
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2003
    Page Range: pp. 1-6
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/778

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