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European Union enlargement: economic restructuring in candidate countries and the roles of technological change and education

Werner Meske and Karl Matthias Weber

Science and Public Policy, 2001, vol. 28, issue 3, 154-168

Abstract: The envisaged European Union (EU) enlargement will widen the spread of economic structures and wealth levels across the EU. However, experience with previous rounds of accessions has shown that the transition to stable growth matters more for the acceptance and development of the Union than does cohesion among its members. Building new innovation systems is the key to growth, while institution building and implementation of the legal acts of European policy are the main framing issues. After outlining some perspectives, hopes and fears, the paper analyses economic restructuring in candidate countries and addresses technological change, training and education as pivotal factors in the transition to a European knowledge-based society. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

Date: 2001
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