Business, Government, and EU Accession: Strategic by Elena A. Iankova

By Elena A. Iankova

Company, govt, and european Accession is a close learn of the way european accession affects the connection among enterprise and executive within the acceding kingdom. utilizing Bulgaria as a case research, Iankova examines the mechanisms of those interactions and interrogates the effectiveness of latest versions in facilitating nationwide pursuits of european accession, revealing problems with and resistances to utilising an EU-designed version of institutional swap in postcommunist areas.

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The disapproval rate was 11 percent and 1 percent, respectively. The MBMD Business Survey ’05 confirmed that trend. Thus among the surveyed business representatives the positive attitude toward Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union was dominant—86 percent supported the efforts in that direction, and more than half (58 percent) fully approved the process. Those who disapproved of Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union were only about one-tenth (11 percent). The non-engagement with the European idea among the public at large was more common among the low-status social groups such as retired people, unemployed, people with low educational levels, and ethnic minorities, as well as among women, the elderly, and the citizens of small towns and villages.

It reflected the existing broad national consensus on EU accession not only in the area of politics and security, but also in regard to the main parameters of the economic reform. 4 At the end of 1997 a new, more critical political debate emerged in Bulgaria regarding European integration issues. It was provoked by the accelerated accession process, and more particularly by the recommendation of the European Commission, in its July 1997 “Agenda 2000” document, to start accession negotiations with only five of the ten applicants from CEE, assigning Bulgaria to the “slow-track” group.

During state socialism, more than that of any other nation in the Soviet Bloc, Bulgaria’s economy was patterned closely after the Soviet system, with a massive heavy-industry sector, huge agro-industrial complexes, and ever-increasing urban concentrations and depopulation of the countryside (McIntyre 1988). Observers called it the “most Soviet” of the Eastern European states (Pickles et al. 1998). 7. First, Europeanization is considered to be a process taking place when the European Union expands its boundaries through enlargement and it concerns third countries or applicants for EU membership.

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