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As Non Eu Countries Seek To Become A Part Of The European Union, Is There A Strong Likelihood To Obtain Membership, Considering Their Current Issu

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From the preliminary stages in 1957 with the acts of the Schuman and Monnet Treaty until today, the European Union has grown tremendously in membership and has introduced 22 countries since the original members (Germany, Italy, France, and the Benelux Nations) have founded the Community. In 2004, they had faced the largest acceptance of members by having 10 members accede to the Union. These consisted of predominantly eastern European Countries such as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia. The purpose of European Union enlargement continues to be as prevalent today as it was throughout the beginning of its ...view middle of the document...

Statistics have proven accurately that with more members being accepted within the Union, Economic Growth rapidly increases between the Member-States. From the years of 1999 to 2005, trade has increased significantly, extrapolating the numbers from 175 billion Euros, to approximately 500 billion Euros. Thus, growth of trade between the new and old Member states had increased from 15 billion Euros in 1999, to 77 billion Euros in 2007. Since then, Croatia among other Members has joined the EU and has made a relatively large impact on the Enlargement Goals funneling through the eastern part of the Continent. Relatively new member states have seen immense improvements in their Economies since joining the Union, as shown by the numbers. In 1999, the GDP per capita among the member states averaged roughly 40%. After the accession of countries into 2008, that average boosted impressively to 52%. By continuing to prove the economic growth of the new member states, over the same time period the numbers have been estimated to increase on average of 1.75 percentage points annually, with average growth boosting from 3.5% to roughly 5.5%. With many of the new member states being former Communist Countries, the EU has focused solely on the Enlargement Policy in order to reform those countries, implementing democratic and transparent polities with a stable and efficient market economy.

There are several Countries that have yet to be selected as members of the European Union and there are quite a few reasons as to why that is. The history of many European Member-states and their transitions into well-functioned economies and effective Democracies does not particularly identify with the current Nations in Europe that have sought Membership for quite some time. Many of these Nations are also viewed as poor by western European standards and that within itself causes unrest among lateral agreements in Europe. Nevertheless, as Ideologies tend to constantly shift and alternate, I am convinced that the European Union will continue expanding as prevalence endures in regards to Economic Interests as well as Political Stability on the national level. We will see this particularly in the Balkans as well as throughout the deep Mediterranean Region. Non-EU Countries propelling themselves for acceptance will sustain and further improve their Domestic Standards in order to be a part of the Supranational Organization.
The EU has made it a priority to support and ‘prepare’ potential enlargement Countries for Membership. The pre-accession strategy is utilized in order to assist seeking members for what they must fulfill in order to move forward towards member validity. This may include financial assistance support, association of union agreements, as well as participation in EU-based programmes that will outline the coherence between the two entities. Essentially, the progress of a Country is directly correlated with the effectiveness of EU Reform Implementation that...

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