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.