Winners and Losers of EU Integration: Policy Issues for Central and Eastern Europe

Winners and Losers of EU Integration: Policy Issues for Central and Eastern Europe

Winners and Losers of EU Integration: Policy Issues for Central and Eastern Europe

Winners and Losers of EU Integration: Policy Issues for Central and Eastern Europe

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The Czech capital market has not played an important role in the development of the Czech economy thus far. On the other hand... it has been used and often abused as a tool of wealth redistribution in the CR [Czech Republic], and has influenced the outcome of winners and losers of the transformation process to date.Ten countries in Central and Eastern European (CEECs) have applied for membership in the European Union (EU). They could gain from exchanging lessons of experiences and best practices with each other as they address the common set of challenges in their preparation for EU accession. The 'EU Integration' network of research institutes in the ten CEECs provides a valuable forum for such exchanges on key economic, social and political issues related to EU membership. This volume contains the papers presented at the first meeting of the EU integration network, as well as some background papers. The papers seek to identify the main economic, social and political groups that would gain or lose from accession, and highlight the policy adjustments on the parts of both the EU and the CEECs to ease the accession process. The contributors include researchers from the ten CEECs, as well as from current EU member countries.This publication will be of interest ot research institutions, governments, and nongovernmental organizations.

Excerpt

In the spring of 1999, the Bertelsmann Foundation and the World Bank entered into a partnership to develop a network linking political and economic research institutes in the 10 Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) that have applied for membership to the European Union (EU). the 10 countries are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. the objective of the network is to foster a cross-border dialogue on key political, economic, and social issues related to eu membership involving also governments, nongovernmental organizations, parliaments, the media, and other civil society organizations.

The network was formally launched in November 1999 at a conference held in Guetersloh, Germany, and hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation. Representatives of 13 research institutes and nongovernmental organizations from the 10 CEECs attended the conference. Other attendees included researchers from eu member countries, staff from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and representatives from the Bertelsmann Foundation and the World Bank.

Researchers from the CEECs and from eu member countries presented papers and exchanged views on some of the main policy issues for an enlarged eu. This publication includes the papers presented at the conference, as well as background country papers.

We would like to express our thanks to the teams in the Bertelsmann Foundation and the World Bank who conceptualized the project, organized the first . . .

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