Ekonomia polityczna członkostwa Litwy w Unii Europejskiej: oczekiwania i doświadczenia pięciu lat
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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF LITHUANIA'S MEMBERSHIP IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: EXPECTATIONS AND EXPERIENCE OF FIVE YEARS
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The article discusses the impact of European Union membership on the economy, poli tics and policies of the new member states, in particular Lithuania. It first presents the forecasts and arguments regarding the impact of EU enlargement that were discussed before the enlargement in 2004 -2007. It draws on the work of European inte gration literature, stating that it was the approaching EU enlargement into the Central and Eastern Europe which caused the wave on theorizing the issue of enlargement which has been absent before. The main issue was to explain the reasons behind the EU decision to expand, as well as the conditions for the effective application of EU norms into the acceding countries. Most economic researchers predicted that the enlargement will contribute to the economic growth of acceding countries (although the transfer of regulatory norms in some cases could be considered to be suboptimal), and the EU as a whole. There was more uncertainty regarding the impact of the enlargement on the functioning of the EU and the compliance of the new members with the EU norms.
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