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The Political Economy of EU Enlargement: Impact on Decision-Making and Budget

C. Crombez

Review of Business and Economic Literature, 2013, vol. 58, issue 1, 81-98

Abstract: The eastward enlargement of the European Union in the past ten years arguably represents the EU’s principal foreign policy achievement. The economic merits of this accomplishment were, however, hotly contested. In this article I focus on the political-economic consequences of the eastward enlargement. Specifically I study its impact on EU decision-making and the EU budget. It was feared that the enlargement would bring the EU legislative process to a standstill and would wreck the EU budget. In this article I argue that the legislative process slowed down, but not nearly as significantly as expected, and that the impact on the EU budget was limited.

Date: 2013
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