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Chapter : Part IV Case Study: EU Enlargement and Its Implications for Work and Employment
When the leaders of the European Union met in Lisbon in 2000, they envisaged that EU enlargement would result in long-term positive economic and social changes, despite the possibility of short-term negative effects. They projected a European continent that would have the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world and be able to maintain vibrant economic growth with improved employment prospects and greater social cohesion.
Eventually the biggest enlargement of the EU occurred in 2004 when 10 new member states (NMS) from Central and Eastern Europe joined the already established member states (EU-15) in the west. The EU-15 countries agreed to ...