“The Unfinished Business of the Fifth Enlargement Countries”

Project Goals
1. Identification of existing and/or potential post accession “problem areas” in the 10 new member states from CEE political development and governance, economic development, welfare system and social inclusion, health system, educational system, justice and home affairs, migration, research and innovation, agriculture and rural development, regional development, level of EU funds absorption and their correlating impact.
2. Identification of the existing membership leverage for post accession problem solving in each policy area.
3. Defining common policy trends in the development of the new member states (NMS) from CEE in the post accession period, including specific problems that must be addressed and the corresponding drivers of reforms.

Project Overview
Although the new EU member states from CEE have formally complied with all EU membership criteria and thus completed the accession agenda, specific problems persist. These problems are, to a certain extent, common among them due to shared historical experiences and legacies. In view of their comparable level of integration in the EU, the new member states could look for common answers to their post accession challenges and, in doing so, contribute to the competitive advantage of the EU as whole. 

Project Status
Comparative and country reports have been published.
You can download them here.


The main outcome of the project is a publication comprised of ten national reports and a comparative analysis.

The national reports describe and analyze the post accession state of affairs in the ten new member states (NMS) from CEE - Bulgaria , Czech Republic , Estonia , Hungary , Latvia , Lithuania , Poland , Romania , Slovakia  and Slovenia. They do not include data gathered after December 2008, and therefore, do not reflect the latest impact of the global economic crisis.

The comparative analysis entitled   “The Unfinished Business of the Fifth Enlargement Countries” has references beyond this period. It identifies the common policy trends in the development of the new member states (NMS) from CEE for the post accession period. It defines the policy areas of “the unfinished business”, including some specific problems that must be addressed and the corresponding drivers of reform for its completion.

Public launch of the reports on 26 July 2009
On 26 July 2009, EuPI held a press conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, to announce the comparative and national reports. Assya Kavrakova, Program Director of the European Policies and Civic Participation Program of OSI-Sofia and EuPI, presented the main findings of the comparative report and the country report on Bulgaria. Other project research team members  made issue specific presentations. The press conference was chaired by Georgi Stoytchev, Executive Director of OSI-Sofia and experts George Angelov, Ivanka Ivanova, Marin Lessenski, Elitza Markova, Zvezda Vankova, Boyan Zahariev, Madlen Vladimirova took part in the event.

You can view photos from the event here (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the image) and you can hear the  audio recording here. 


Open Society Institute – Sofia

Contact Persons
Assya Kavrakova

Elitsa Markova

Authors of the Reports

Comparative Analysis
Assya Kavrakova
Program Director, Open Society Institute- Sofia

Country Reports

Open Society Institute- Sofia expert team
George Angelov, Senior Fellow, Dr. Hristo Hinkov, Ivanka Ivanova, Program Director, Assya Kavrakova, Program Director, Marin Lessenski, Policy Analyst, EuPI, Elitza Markova, Program Director, Zvezda Vankova, Program Coordinator, Boyan Zahariev Program Director

Dimitar Vanev
Expert, Ministry of Agriculture

Madlen Vladimirova
Private Consultant on CAP

Czech Republik
Radomir Špok
Executive Director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Alf Vanags
Director of the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS)

Co-ordinating author:Tamás Szemlér
Ph.D, scientific deputy director, Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Contributing authors: Bence Petővári, Ph.D Student, Corvinus University, Budapest, Dr. Angéla Ragány, trainee at the Legal Service of the Council of the EU, Dr. Miklós Somai, Ph.D, senior research fellow, Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Judit Szilágyi, research fellow, Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Ph.D Student, Corvinus University, Budapest

Andris Spruds
Lecturer at the Riga Stradins University, Faculty of European Studies and Vidzeme University College, Department of Political Science

Vitalis Nakrošis
Associate professor in the Institute of International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius University) and a partner in the Public Policy and Management Institute and
Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Chief Economic Policy Advisor to the President of Lithuania

Leszek Jesien
EU policy coordinator, Polish Institute of International Affairs

Cristian Ghinea
Director of the Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE)

Vladimir Kvetan and Karol Frank
Institute of Economic Research of Slovak Academy of Sciences

Urban Boljka
PhD Candidate, University of Ljubljana

External Reviewer
David Král, director, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Copy Editor
Courtney Lobel

2008 European Policies Initiative

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