Enlargement and Citizenship: Looking to the Future - Czech Republic

Czech Republic - country report from the PASOS project "Enlargment and Citizenship" by Vladimír Bartovic. 

Full report online. 

European Integration of the Western Balkans - Can the Visegrad Group Countries Serve as Role Models?

New study edited by The European Movement in Serbia (EMinS) with an input from our fellow researcher Michal Vít.

It is collection of papers from four “new” EU member countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and one candidate country (Serbia) deals with the results of the great EU expansion in 2004 and its impact on internal reforms in the Visegrad Group countries (V4), as well as related adjustments within the EU. The project aimed to identify practical lessons for Serbia and the Western Balkans which could make the EU enlargement process towards this region faster and more efficient

Full study available online.

Turkey and Ukraine: Wanted of Not?

This publication is the output of the project Analysis and Promotion of Policy Debate on the European Future of Turkey and Ukraine in Four Central European States that examined the Czech attitudes towards the EU membership prospects of two countries: Turkey and Ukraine. It deals with the attitudes of the political representation, including the political parties, government and diplomatic service (the Ministry of Foreign Aff airs) and other governmental stakeholders. Furthermore, it tried to give an account of how the issue has been treated in the media, especially in the major opinion-shaping newspapers. In addition, it tried to assess who the other stakeholders in the process are, especially within the ranks of the civil society, and how they are likely to shape the public debate.

Publication is available to download here.

Bulgaria, Romania...and who next?

The rejection of the EU Constitutional Treaty in France and the Netherlands in 2005 has cast doubts about the future direction of the European Union, including the future of one of its most successful tools – enlargement. The link between widening and enlarging the European Union comes to the fore again and the argument that further EU expansion should be slowed down or halted altogether without institutional reform gains salience across the EU. Still, the enlargement process has technically not stopped, but surely is going through diffi cult times. Although Turkey started accession negotiations in October 2005, the talks almost collapsed in 2006 due to the failure to settle the extension of the customs union to Cyprus. Despite the existing commitments of the EU to integrate the countries of Western Balkans, only Croatia is currently negotiating its accession and only Macedonia enjoys the candidate status whereas there is very little progress in sight regarding the rest of the region.

The publication is avalaible to download here                            

Not Your Grandfathers‘ Eastern Bloc

The publication is a product of the Open Society Institute – Sofia within the European Policies Initiative (EuPI, and the project The EU New Member States as Agenda Setters in the Enlarged European Union. This EuPI project has been implemented in close partnership with EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, with funding provided by the Open Society Institute – Sofia. The report is based mainly on in-depth country reports from the ten New Member States. You will find the comparative study here. To access the individual country reports for the 10 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, please follow this link.

Eastern Partnership in Context of European Neighbourhood Policy and V4 Agenda

The publication The Eastern Partnership in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy and V4 Agenda initiated by The Kosciuszko Institute and prepared jointly with the consortium of European think tanks – the Europeum Institute for European Policy and Centre for EU Enlargement Studies with invited experts, aims to present a project of the European Union – the Eastern Partnership (EaP) as an initiative actively supported by the Visegrad Group (V4) countries. This project has been co-funded by The International Visegrad Fund.

The publication is available to download here.