Main Data
Editor: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
Title: An Elusive Target: The EU Perspective of the Western Balkans A Selection of 17 Years of SEER
Publisher: & Co. KG
ISBN/ISSN: 9783845272184
Edition: 1
Price: CHF 66.70
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Category: Politik, Gesellschaft, Arbeit
Language: English
Technical Data
Pages: 259
Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen/DRM
Geräte: PC/MAC/eReader/Tablet
Formate: PDF
Table of contents
Der Sonderband der SEER versammelt Beiträge aus den vergangenen 17 Jahrgängen der Zeitschrift. Im Fokus stehen dabei die EU-Beitrittsperspektiven der westlichen Balkanstaaten. Fortwährende Hindernisse und neue Bruchlinien werden gleichermaßen deutlich; der Band konstatiert den Abstieg der Region in die Sklerose. Es werden gleichwohl Möglichkeiten einer optimistischen Perspektivierung der EU-Erweiterung ausgelotet.
Table of contents
Review essay: Souvenirs of the post-crisis politicsWith grateful thanks to Thomas Allen for comments on an earlier draft.8
'Top-down' and 'bottom-up': accounting for the failures of a vision for Europeanisation11
Crises and reactions15
Competing priorities20
Reform within the EU23
The faces of south-east Europe in response to the crises of Europe25
The opportunity comes too late30
EU agricultural policy under fire31
Competition a bottleneck to entry32
Administrative reform the Achilles' heel33
European Economic Area politically obsolete35
No stability without democracy, economic reform and social progress  Remarks on the policy of the ETUC and the Stability Pact for South-East Europe36
Reactions and resolutions of the ETUC regarding the Stability Pact  laying the basis for practical trade union politics37
The participation of trade unions in the Stability Pact39
Trade unions in the region: improving the responsibility of co-operation40
EU: The costs and benefits of enlargement and accession  some policy responses for before and after42
1. Why this enlargement is special42
2. Costs and benefits, winners and losers43
3. Growth potential and labour markets47
4. The challenges of building social partnership in the run-up to accession50
5. Policy instruments at hand55
South-east Europes EU integration: Dreams and realities60
The enlargement process61
The advantages of European enlargement63
Challenges towards south-eastern enlargement64
Towards a Stabilisation and Association Agreement65
Negotiating and implementing the Stabilisation and Association Agreements65
EU-Balkan perceptions66
Unresolved political questions  Kosovas status and EU integration68
Integration processes within south-east Europe69
Regional co-operation70
Inter-ethnic reconciliation as a means for European integration71
The next Europe: South-eastern Europe after Thessaloniki74
The Balkans 200374
Thessaloniki, June 200375
The European agenda77
Key recommendations79
European agenda79
Macroeconomic deficits and regional instability80
Functional co-operation80
Rethinking south-eastern Europe through a pan-European perspective82
South-eastern Europe at a glance82
Main regional trends82
European integration process84
Perspectives on a pan-European approach88
The necessity of a comprehensive framework88
South-eastern Europes key challenge90
The fate of regional initiatives in south-east Europe92
The process of EU enlargement towards south-eastern Europe: current challenges and perspectives98
The enlargement process98
The post-Cold War era100
Towards a Stabilisation and Association Agreement101
Negotiating and implementing Stabilisation and Association Agreements101
EU-Balkan perceptions102
One of the unresolved political questions104
Regional co-operation and the new CEFTA105
The European Union and the western Balkans108
The dark sides of the Balkans  some western clichés109
The destruction of Yugoslavia110
European unity progress at war?112
The EU between globalisation and fragmentation117
The approach of the EU118
Stabilising the Balkans  the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe120
The Stability Pact at the micro level  the example of Bosnia and Herzegovina122
Fighting corruption123
Serbia and Montenegro  the EU as honest broker?124
The long and winding road130
The broader picture  the SEE levels130
From Thessaloniki to Lisbon  the lost momentum132
Imbalance between the technical and political levels136
From Lisbon onwards138
What should be done need not wait140
When the EU met the western Balkans: Ready for the wedding?144
Europeanisation hand-in-hand with enlargement: a literature review144
Case study: western Balkans148
Albania (COM(2010)680 SEC(2010)1335
Bosnia and Herzegovina (SEC(2010)1331 MEMO/10/557
Croatia (COM(2010)660 final MEMO/10/558
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) (COM(2010)660 final MEMO/10/556
Montenegro (COM(2010)670 MEMO/10/552
Kosovo (COM(2010)660 final MEMO/10/554
Serbia (COM(2010)660 final MEMO/10/560
Sub-case study: Croatia vs. Kosovo157
The global financial crisis and the post-Lisbon prospects of enlargement166
1. Introduction166
2. The broader context166
3. Principal challenges and prospects of further enlargement167
4. Economic growth and unemployment rates168
5. Areas to be revived: enterprise reforms and foreign investment174
6. Challenges related to the rule of law: corruption and organised crime175
6.1 Corruption175
6.2 Organised crime179
6.3 Recommended policy directions181
7. Solutions and recommendations183
Lobbying for a faster integration track for the western Balkans region188
Western Balkans region and the enlargement dynamic189
The regional picture: lobbying for a faster integration track for the region as a wh