Yves Bertoncini quoted in Mina about the EU Enlargement
Yves Bertoncini, our director, is quoted in Mina, online news agency from Macedonia, in an article about the EU Enlargement, on 22 September 2014.
All EU member states treat enlargement differently, even the oldest members, says Yves Bertoncini, Director of the Paris-based “Jacques Delors” Institute. In his opinion, Germany and Spain generally do not have a problem with accession of new member states, such as the case with certain dilemmas in france and Britain, where citizens are mostly focused on negative consequences after the accession of Bulgaria and Romania in the EU. In a statement for the Serbian “Euroaktiv”, Bertoncini says major enlargement has no negative effects in terms of in terms of institutional functioning, it does not block EU’s functioning and it slightly increases EU’s heterogeneity.
From economic and social point of view, enlargement has increased the competition among member states and produced negative effect with some countries, workforce relocation, while it has contributed for some of the older member states to make profit in terms of export and stability, Bertocini thinks, claiming that unlike the enlargement of ten years ago, the approach to it is way less emotional in comparison to the post-Cold War period. European and national institutions have learned their lesson after the recent crisis and the mistakes of countries like Greece, the French expert on the EU adds. It is much more difficult now to enter the Euro-zone – such as the case with Latvia, in the Schengen zone – such as the case with Bulgaria and Romania, and in EU, in general, since the countries’ intentions are not to be trusted now, but solely the real application of the rules. The positive trend now is that candidate states by the end of the negotiations are really prepared to become members without causing any negative effects. //Columnist: Goran Momiroski