Carney, Liam Andrew (2001) Hungary: Preparation for Integration into the European Union with reference to Hungarian Companies. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
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European Integration is important primarily as a force for stability. One of the fundamental principles of the European Union since its earliest days, was that integration should be open to every country in Europe. Due to the artificial divide across Europe, this option was not available to the countries of central and Eastern Europe until 1989.
Integration with central and Eastern Europe is now a major priority for the Union in the next century and for the candidate countries who will be brought back into the mainstream of Europe and will avail of all the advantages and opportunities that membership of the European Union offers.
The European Union’s historic enlargement to the former communist nations on its eastern flank is picking up speed and paving the way for the unification of the continent by the end of the current decade. After the successful launch of the single currency, the euro, enlargement is the major challenge facing the European Union. Moreover, EU leaders raised the stakes at their Helsinki summit last December (2000) by aggressing to allow five additional applicants to start accession negotiations alongside the five frontrunners that began talks more than a year ago.
Talks with the “first wave” applicants: Poland, Hungarym Czach Republic, Estonia and Slovenia as well as Cyprus; are moving onto extremely sensitive issues, such as farm subsidies and free movement of labour. These prickly issues are testing the tempers of the negotiators, slowing progress and prompting speculation that the European Union’s enthusiasm for enlargement is waning.
The debate continues.
|Item Type:||Thesis (Undergraduate)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Foreign Investment
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > Hungary
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > European Union
|Divisions:||School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages|
|Depositing User:||SINEAD CORCORAN|
|Date Deposited:||18 Jun 2010 15:23|
|Last Modified:||26 Apr 2012 13:34|
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