Perceptions of Internal Security Issues in the New Member States

  • Karen Henderson
Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)


Preparing the candidate states for joining the area of freedom, security and justice (AFSJ) was one of the most daunting challenges, and the greatest achievements, of EU eastern enlargement. At the beginning of the 1990s, post-communist states inherited police forces and courts that were not trusted by their own people, let alone the governments of the European Union’s member states; borders designed to protect against subversion from the West rather than organized crime and illegal immigration from the East; and a postwar history of being the source rather than the destination of asylum seekers. However, as the EU’s justice and home affairs agenda developed at an unexpectedly rapid pace from the early 1990s onwards, and adopting the Schengen acquis of a border-free Europe was made a condition of EU membership in 1997, the candidate states were faced with the task of achieving (often rather elusive) Western standards in one of the most sensitive, and often most secretive, areas of state activity.


Czech Republic Member State Organize Crime Asylum Seeker Illegal Immigration 
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