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

By Helena Tang | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 10
Slovenia

Peter Stanovnik

Boris Majcen

Vladimir Lavrač

Institute for Economic Research, Ljubljana


Introduction

It is a generally accepted opinion that the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union is a “positive-sum game,” in which all partners concerned will gain more in the long run than they will lose. This expectation is true from the political and security perspectives and from the socioeconomic aspects. Because of institutional and structural changes within the EU and in the CEECs, however, the winners and losers will not spread evenly over time and space.

In Slovenia, the two continuing processes of transition and EU accession clearly overlap significantly. They complement and reinforce each other. With transition incomplete, the higher stages of integration into the European Single Market would be extremely difficult to reach. EU accession, however, gives a clear guideline for the direction of the transition process. Most of the market-oriented reforms conducted in Slovenia and in the other CEECs would need to be introduced, regardless of the European integration processes.

As a country in transition and in the process of integration with the EU, Slovenia should be concerned primarily with achieving economic stabilization and effecting the structural reforms needed for sustainable growth. This process implies that the economic system will achieve an adequate degree of compatibility with that of the EU; that the acceding country will develop an adequate level of competitiveness; and that a politically and socially acceptable adjustment process will

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