The model of staged accession to the European Union: Addressing the four key concerns
The model of staged accession has captured some attention in the discussions on the future of the EU enlargement policy. Initially published in October 2021, the proposal has so far inspired several cross-European debates, and gained support by numerous members of the expert community as well as some policymakers. Although the proposal has had a promising start, it is yet to gain recognition by the EU institutions and wider support from EU member states. Finding consensus on such an out-of-the-box solution becomes all the more warranted at the time when the enlargement process seems to be at an impasse. In order to take a step closer towards overturning the status quo, this paper discusses the doubts and concerns about the model that have been raised in the discussions held to date.
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The model of staged accession to the European Union: Addressing the four key concerns/in Discussion papers, Research analysis, Slider /by Think for Europe
A Template for Staged Accession to the EU/in Discussion papers, Publications, Slider /by Think for Europe
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Overcoming the enlargement impasse – some ideas for the Slovenian presidency/in Discussion papers, News, Publications, Research analysis, Slider /by Think for Europe
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