Extending the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice: the Crucial Case of Poland
For Poland, the largest new member of the European Union, 2004 was the beginning of a crucial period for its future development. Accession preparations had been intensive, but significant progress still had to be made on implementing and enforcing the EU acquis in full. This chapter sets forth why the EU acquis in the field of justice and home affairs (JHA) — including the Schengen acquis as integrated into the EU framework — needs special attention in the early post-enlargement phase, and why Poland is an exceptionally important case in this respect. The chapter’s objective is to assess the costs and benefits of EU membership for Poland in the field of JHA, and to discuss the remaining challenges, as well as measures that could facilitate Poland’s further integration into the EU’s JHA/Schengen cooperation.
KeywordsOfficial Journal Border Control Home Affair External Border Judicial Cooperation
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