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Eastward Enlargement of the European Union

Economic Aspects


Gustav Dieckheuer and Boguslaw Fiedor

After more than a decade of transformation and catching-up to the present members of the EU the applicant countries now comply with many of the political and economic requirements laid down at the Copenhagen summit in 1993. Because of such a clear direction it is necessary and advisable to take a close look at the chances and the risks of the enlargement for the old member countries as well as for the new ones. This is the background of a collection of articles published in this book. The papers cover a wide range of important aspects of the EU eastern enlargement, for instance trade effects, country-specific as well as EU politics, regional transborder co-operation and monetary issues concerning a country’s currency regime.
Contents: Marian Noga: Objectives of the European Union in the Light of the Lisbon Agenda – Gustav Dieckheuer/Marcel Mlakar/Ute Stemmann: Trade Creation and Trade Diversion by EU Enlargement with Special Reference to Poland – Bogusław Fiedor/Andrzej Matysiak: Globalization and Integration of the World Economy and Eastward Enlargement of the European Union – Maria Piotrowska: Poland’s Accession to the EU in the Macroeconomic Perspective – Eric Ringhut/Philipp Gerlach: Poland’s Way to EMU - Prospects, Risks and Chances – Thomas Apolte: Social Policy and Income Redistribution between Harmonization and Competition in an Enlarged European Union – Jerzy Rymarczyk: Poland’s Adjustment to the European Union Foreign Economic Policy – Irena Kociszewska/Karol Kociszewski: The Economic Conditions of the Polish Agriculture Ecologization in the Light of Adjustments towards EU-Membership – Bożena Baborska/Mikołaj Klimczak/Michał Narożny: Issues of Arable Land Acquisition by Foreigners and the Implementation of Common Agricultural Policy in Poland in the Course of Accession Negotiations – Franciszek Adamczuk/Jan Rymarczyk: Local Aspects of European Integration on the Example of Zgorzelec / Görlitz Cross-Border Co-Operation – Franciszek Adamczuk/Jan Rymarczyk: Transborder Cooperation in Europe based on the Example of Poland and Germany – Andrzej Graczyk/Zbigniew Jakubczyk: Development of the Electrical Energy Market in Poland in Terms of European Integration – Eric C. Meyer: Decision Power in the European Council - The Impact of EU Enlargement – Aloys Prinz: The Value Added Tax (VAT) in the European Union: Concept, Development and some Problems.