Teilhaber oder Beobachter? Interessengruppen aus Mittel- und Osteuropa auf Brüsseler Parkett

Charrad, Kristina
June 2008
Neue Soziale Bewegungen;jun2008, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p52
Academic Journal
The chapter focuses on the framework conditions under which advocacy organizations from the new Central and East European member countries of the European Union are operating in Brussels. It points out that the expected run of lobbyists from these countries did not take place as yet. In contrast to their West European pendants only very few interest groups from Europe's East have opened an own office in the EU capital. They are facing several challenges which complicate their access to the formal and informal networks of European policy making. Currently they are no more than observers of European politics. Equally professional participants with similar access to the various policy fields and networks of European governance are a long way down the road. This worsens the democratic deficit of the European Union.


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