The Process of EU Enlargement Towards South-Eastern Europe: Current Challenges And Perspectives
South-East Europe Review, Vol. 2/2007, pp. 57-65
10 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2015
Date Written: 2007
This article analyses the underlying processes of EU enlargement towards South-Eastern Europe. An exposition of key moments of this process will be given, in addition to appraising and examining all relevant policies and mechanisms designed to encourage EU enlargement. In order to facilitate an easier, more complete and broader comprehension of the process of enlargement towards the South-East, an overview of the enlargement process towards earlier incomers from central and Eastern Europe will also be offered. The article will also appraise the most recent trends in the enlargement process and its challenges and perspectives. An appraisal of mutual perceptions (the EU and those of South-East European countries) is also provided. The main focus, however, will be maintained on fundamental issues, such as the unresolved political disputes in the region and economic and political co-operation between the countries of the region.
Keywords: EU enlargement, South-Eastern Europe, EU-Balkan perceptions, regional cooperation
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