No. 3

The future devel­op­ment of the Euro­pean Union will be deter­mined by two process­es: the acces­sion of ten and even more coun­tries, and the ongo­ing process of inter­nal reform and deep­en­ing of Euro­pean inte­gra­tion, known as Agen­da 2000. Both process­es are close­ly linked and will change the face of the Union in the 21st cen­tu­ry.

TEPSA insti­tutes in the 15 EU coun­tries as well as four asso­ci­at­ed part­ner insti­tutes from Cen­tral and East­ern Europe ini­ti­at­ed this semi-annu­al stock-tak­ing in order to mon­i­tor the main fea­tures and prob­lems of the acces­sion and nego­ti­a­tion process as well as posi­tions and bar­gain­ing strate­gies of the actors involved. A stan­dard­ised ques­tion­naire was used by all insti­tutes. Due to the spe­cif­ic posi­tions of the appli­cant coun­tries, not all parts of the ques­tion­naire were as rel­e­vant to them as the present mem­ber states. There­fore, the coun­try reports from the Czech Repub­lic, Hun­gary, Poland and Slove­nia are entire­ly pre­sent­ed in a sep­a­rate sec­tion of this sur­vey.

This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire, sent out in Sep­tem­ber 2000. Most insti­tutes replied until Novem­ber 2000. Enlargement/Agenda 2000-Watch No. 3 cov­ers the time peri­od between Jan­u­ary 2000 and Octo­ber 2000.

The Insti­tut für Europäis­che Poli­tik is par­tic­u­lar­ly grate­ful to the Otto Wolff-Foun­da­tion, Cologne, and the Cen­tre Inter­na­tion­al de For­ma­tion Européenne (CIFE), Nice, for sup­port­ing the IEP’s work on the project. CIFE is finan­cial­ly sup­port­ed by the Euro­pean Union.