From new to indispensable: : how the 2004 enlargement reshaped the EU’s transformative powers
ID Navrátil, Matej (Author), ID Lovec, Marko (Author)

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This editorial introduces a thematic issue that examines the consequences of the accession of the Central and East European countries to the EU 20 years onward. The socioeconomic transformation of these countries in the pre-accession period was considered a remarkable success, that was attributed to the EU’s conditionality policy. However, in the post-accession period, when these countries gained full membership rights and began playing a more active political role, they started deviating from some EU norms and rules, against a backdrop of EU crises. This shift has been, notably, reflected in concerns about democratic backsliding and rule of law violations. Nonetheless, the contributions in this issue also underscore that these countries have internalized (both top-down and bottom-up) EU norms and rules to a much greater extent than the focus on conditionality would suggest. Moreover, since Russia invaded Ukraine, Central and East European countries have become entrepreneurs of EU policy and bolstered its transformative power. These findings indicate a need to focus not only on the fundamental shortcomings in these countries—as the attention conferred to the (lack of post-accession) conditionality suggests—but also to consider other factors, such as the quality of the EU’s governance and political system, policy learning, geopolitics, and member states’ domestic politics.

Keywords:Central and Eastern Europe, conditionality, Europeanisation, Eastern enlargement, transformative powers
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FDV - Faculty of Social Sciences
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Version of Record
Publication date:01.01.2024
Number of pages:Str. 1-12
Numbering:Vol. 12, ed. 7516
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-155809 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:2183-2463
DOI:10.17645/pag.7516 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:193150211 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:19.04.2024
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Title:Politics and governance
Publisher:Cogitatio Press
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