The impact of the European Union (EU) in newly accessed countries of Central and East Europe (CEE) is very noticeable and this paper will prove that in fact ‘Europeanization’ was already taking place even before these countries became full EU member states. Firstly, this essay will clarify the definition of ‘Europeanization’ and touch on its politics. Secondly, it will briefly mention the classical foreign policy analysis (FPA) considerations including: the impact of geography, historical experiences, foreign policy-making actors, which all affect the manner in which the CEECs see their entry and involvement within the EU. Thirdly, this essay will briefly describe the road to accession of the CEECs, before then examining the cases of Slovenia and Czech Republic after accession. It will conclude that the processes of ‘uploading’ and ‘downloading’ have demonstrated that the foreign policies of the CEECs have indeed become ‘Europeanized’.
The literature varies on the definition of ‘Europeanization.’ Some scholars define it as a “process in which states adopt EU rules” ; others call it the “process of domestic adaptation in the area of foreign policy [which grew in importance together with the increasing meaning of] the European Political Cooperation (EPC) in the late 1989s, the development of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) after Maastricht in 1991, and shifts consequent on the collapse of Communism”; also “Europeanization of foreign policy [is] a transformation in the way in which national foreign policies are constructed, professional roles are defined and pursued and the consequent internalization of norms and expectations arising from a complex system of collective European policy making” ; Europeanization is defined “as the process of foreign policy change at the national level originated by the adaptation pressures and the new opportunities... [continues]
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