The influence of newer member states in the European Union:the case of Poland and the Eastern partnership


This article seeks to examine and assess the role of Poland in the early stages of the making of the Eastern Partnership of the European Union. First, it briefly reviews Poland's aims and ambitions with regard to the European Union's policy towards its eastern neighbours, both before and since it joined the European Union in 2004. Second, it describes and analyses the Eastern Partnership, including its added value for the European Neighbourhood Policy. Third, it draws on a range of interviews carried out by the authors in Brussels and Warsaw on Poland's role in the initial formation of the Eastern Partnership, as seen by its partners in the other member states and European institutions. In addition, it seeks to unpack some of the early stage lessons learnt by the Polish government about how best to achieve its ambitions in the European Union, and notes the remaining weaknesses of the Polish administration, particularly in the area of administrative capacity.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Copsey, N., & Pomorska, K. (2013). The influence of newer member states in the European Union: the case of Poland and the Eastern partnership. Europe-Asia studies. Europe-Asia studies 2013 © University of Glasgow, Taylor & Francis, available online at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Geography, Planning and Development,Economics and Econometrics,Sociology and Political Science,History
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 136.2013.855391
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014
Published Online Date: 2013-11-20
Authors: Copsey, Nat
Pomorska, Karolina



Version: Accepted Version

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