EU Institutional Reform and New Member States in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

  • Vladimír Bilčík
Part of the One Europe or Several? book series (OES)


While much of the accession process placed strict demands upon EU candidate states for compliance with the abundant provisions of the acquis, the context of the Convention on the Future of Europe and later the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) offered a different setting calling for input of ideas by prospective member states. From February 2002 to July 2003 representatives from the CEECs ‘took a crash course in European integration through their participation in the Convention on the Future of Europe’.1 In contrast to the asymmetric nature of accession talks, the Convention offered future member states the first opportunity to take a full part in EU’s internal deliberations.2


Member State Candidate Country Home Affair European Arrest Warrant Draft Constitution 
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  1. 1.
    H. Grabbe, The Constellations of Europe. How enlargement will transform the EU (London: CER, 2004), p. 53.Google Scholar
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    For a succinct summary of the main issues see F. Hagedorn, ‘Reforming Justice and Home Affairs. A Question of Balance: The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’, Convention Spotlight 2002/09 (Munich: Center for Applied Policy Research, 2002).Google Scholar
  3. 12.
    For the analysis of the external dimension of enlarging Schengen, see J. Batt, ‘The Enlarged EU’s external borders — the regional dimension’, in Partners and neighbours: a CFSP for a wider Europe, Chaillot Paper no. 64 (Paris: EU Institute for Security Studies, September 2003), pp. 102–18.Google Scholar
  4. 34.
    For positions of various members-to-be on unanimity in select policy areas including JHA see C. Franck and D. Pyszna-Nigge (eds), Position of 10 Central and Eastern European Countries on EU Institutional Reforms: Analytical Survey in the framework of the CEEC-DEBATE project (Louvain-la-Neuve/Brussels: Université catholique de Louvain, June 2003).Google Scholar

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