No. 6

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 and more recent­ly the Euro­pean Con­ven­tion. 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 nego­ti­a­tion and acces­sion process. A strong empha­sis is there­by placed on back­ground posi­tions and bar­gain­ing strate­gies of the actors involved.

This sur­vey was con­duct­ed on the basis of a ques­tion­naire, sent out in Feb­ru­ary 2003. Most insti­tutes replied until the begin­ning of May 2003. Enlargement/Agenda 2000-Watch No. 6 cov­ers the time peri­od between Octo­ber 2002 and April 2003.

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.