Is EU Membership Living Up To Expectations?

November 2006
Emerging Europe Monitor: Central Europe & Baltic States;Nov2006, Vol. 13 Issue 11, p1
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The article assesses whether membership in the European Union (EU) is beneficial for the economy of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). EU membership led to the convergence of laws to western European norms and the removal of barriers to the flow of capital and goods. The structural funds allotted by EU for the development programmes of the CEE countries have low take-up rates. Due to the poor aid absorption capacities of the CEE states, there is a possibility that they will miss out on EU funding.


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