Academics and parliamentarians discussed the Union’s further enlargement recently, with the panel urging that the public be better informed.
The basis for the 30 November 2006 discussion was a paper from the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) entitled ‘Just what is this absorption capacity of the EU?’
The participants largely agreed that the term “integration capacity” was more appropriate. Nevertheless, the speakers had different visions on what the future enlargement of the EU should be. Some examined which countries the EU should eventually integrate, while others placed more emphasis on the institutional reforms the EU should undertake to be fit for further enlargement.