EU Enlargement and the Environment: Institutional Change and Environmental Policy in Central and Eastern Europe

New book builds on 2002 Wilson Center conference

Feb 26, 2005

Edited by JoAnn Carmin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

EU Enlargement and the Environment focuses attention on key environmental
and institutional changes associated with eastern expansion of the European Union, assessing and challenging prevailing views about the outcomes and processes of this historic development. Looking at four central themes--capacity changes and limitations, the EU's mixed messages and conflicting priorities, non-state actor roles and developments, and the exchange of ideas and information--the volume shows that enlargement will change the EU, not just make it bigger, and that EU officials and programs are improving aspects of environmental policy in CEE countries even as they are making others less sustainable.

The book emerged from an August 2002 conference, EU Enlargement and the Environment: Central and Eastern Europe & Beyond, held at the Wilson Center and cosponsored by ECSP and the East European Studies Program.

"A most timely and provocative collection of studies… Challenging much conventional wisdom, this volume insightfully argues that EU enlargement eastward provides new opportunities for an overall rethinking of environmental policies and issues. Highly recommended to all those interested in the future of united Europe."
Vladimir Tismaneanu, University of Maryland, College Park

"As much as EU Enlargement and the Environment depicts accession as a prime motivator for environmental reforms in CEE, it raises key questions about CEE countries' capacities to make the transition to an 'era of implementation' and, indeed, whether successful implementation of EU norms equates with a clean and healthy environment for CEE and Europe as a whole."
Matthew R. Auer, Indiana University

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface: Tom Garvey

PART I. EU ENLARGEMENT, INSTITUTIONS, AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
1. "Enlarging EU Environments: Central and Eastern Europe from Transition to
Accession," JoAnn Carmin and Stacy D. VanDeveer
2. "Environmental Protection in an Expanding European Community: Lessons
from Past Accessions," Miranda Schreurs
3. "Differential Effects of Enlargement on EU Environmental Governance,"
Ingmar von Homeyer
4. "Environmental Implications of Eastern Enlargement: The End of EU
Progressive Environmental Policy?" Petr Jehlicka and Andrew Tickle

PART II. ENLARGING ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY CHALLENGES
5. "EU Accession and Legal Change: Accomplishments and Challenges in the
Czech Case," Eva Kruzíkova
6. "Europeanising Hungarian Waste Policies: Progress or Regression?" Zsuzsa
Gille
7. "EU Enlargement and Sustainable Rural Development in Central and Eastern
Europe," Andreas Beckmann and Henrik Dissing
8. "Nuclear Power and EU Enlargement: The Case of Temelin," Regina Axelrod

PART III. CIVIL SOCIETY IN AN ENLARGED EU
9. "Eurocratising Enlargement? EU Elites and NGO Participation in East
Central European Environmental Policy," Lars K. Hallstrom
10. "Further up the Learning Curve: NGOs from Transition to Brussels," Ruth
Greenspan Bell
11. "Setting Agendas and Shaping Activism: EU Influence on Central European
Environmental Movements," Barbara Hicks

PART IV. ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES: FROM STATE SOCIALISM TO EU ENLARGEMENT
12. "Environmental Pasts/ Environmental Futures in Post-Socialist Europe,"
Petr Pavlinek and John Pickles
13. "Market Liberalisation and Sustainability in Transition: Trends and
Turning Points in Central and Eastern Europe," Sandra O. Archibald, Luana E.
Banu, and Zbigniew Bochniarz
14. "EU Enlargement and the Environment: Six Challenges," John Kramer
15. "Assessing Conventional Wisdom: Environmental Challenges and
Opportunities beyond Eastern Accession," Stacy D. VanDeveer and JoAnn Carmin

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