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Croatia and the Lisbon strategy: convergence towards goals?

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Boromisa, Ana-Maria; Samardžija, Višnja

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Corporate Editor Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Kroatien
Abstract The paper investigates the interdependence of the Lisbon strategy and Copenhagen criteria in the process of European Union enlargement and a candidate’s ability to catch up with new member states. It aims to deepen the understanding of the nature and dynamics of the Lisbon policy mix and implementation instruments. It concludes that convergence with Lisbon goals is relevant for a country in the preaccession stage. Since the timeframe for implementation of the strategy and Croatia’s expected accession are almost the same, approaching Lisbon goals is extremely important for the country. Experience of member states in strategy implementation and evaluation of Croatia’s starting position vis-à-vis Lisbon targets are used to identify policy recommendations.
Keywords Croatia; post-socialist country; EU; international agreement; purpose; politics; convergence; EU expansion; candidacy; political strategy; implementation
Classification European Politics
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Lisbon strategy; membership criteria; national reform programmes; Croatia
Collection Title Croatian accession to the European Union. Vol. 4, The challenges of participation
Editor Ott, Katarina
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
City Zagreb
Page/Pages p. 209-237
ISBN 978-953-6047-77-2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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