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Integrating the Baltic States in the Ec/eu's External Policies

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Preparation for membership is incomplete unless agreement has been reached upon the terms of admission and the necessary adjustments to the Treaties as provided under Article 49 European Union (EU). This agreement is the result of accession negotiations between the EU Member States and each applicant country. The examples of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania illustrate that, in spite of their asymmetrical nature and limited scope, accession negotiations are extremely important to ensure the smooth integration of new Member States in the EU and to avoid negative social-economic consequences of enlargement in both the old and new Member States. The negotiating delegations of the Baltic States all had a more or less comparable structure with, on the one hand, a core group of high level officials and, on the other hand, the heads of specitific working groups.

Keywords: accession negotiations; Baltic states; European Union (EU) member states; social-economic consequences

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