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EU Enlargement and the Constitutions of Central and Eastern Europe

Part of Cambridge Studies in European Law and Policy

  • Date Published: September 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521607360


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  • In the wake of the EU's biggest enlargement, this book explores the adaptation of the constitutions of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for membership in the European Union. In response to the painful past, these new constitutions were notably closed to transfer of powers to international organizations, and accorded a prominent status to sovereignty and independence. A little more than a decade later, the process of amending these provisions in view of the transfer of sovereign powers to a supranational organization has proved a sensitive and controversial exercise. This book analyses the amendments against the background of comparative experience and theory of sovereignty, as well as the context of political sensitivities, such as rising euroscepticism ahead of accession referendums.

    • Offers comprehensive coverage of recent constitutional amendments for EU membership in the Central and Eastern European countries
    • Provides an informed analysis of various constitutional aspects of the accession process, including the theory of sovereignty and democratic legitimacy in Central and Eastern European countries
    • Provides a synopsis of the case-law in Central and Eastern Europe, pertaining to the Europe Agreements, the EU and Nato, and application of international treaties
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    • Date Published: September 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521607360
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.475kg
    • contains: 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Table of cases
    Table of treaties, laws and other instruments
    List of tables
    List of abbreviations
    1. Overview of the accession process
    2. Constitutional adaptations in the 'old' member states
    3. Some idiosyncrasies of CEE constitutions
    4. Constitutional issues in the pre-accession period
    5. Revision of CEE constitutions for EU membership
    6. Theoretical views to sovereignty and democratic legitimacy in CEE
    7. Referendums
    8. Membership of NATO and other international organizations
    9. Role of constitutional courts
    10. Implications of the European Constitution

  • Author

    Anneli Albi, University of Kent, Canterbury
    Lecturer in European Law, University of Kent, Canterbury.

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