Steering and Power: The EU Evaluating Romania


The road to full membership of the European Union is long and demanding for an applicant country. The EU sets a number of convergence criteria that the applicant state needs to fulfil.

This report is devoted to Romania’s path to full EU membership. The mechanisms of steering, power and control used by the EU when exerting influence over its neighbourhood are at the centre of the study. Drawing on this case study a number of more general conclusions of how the EU exerts influence over its neighbourhood can be drawn, notably when using so called mechanisms of ‘soft power’.

The report is a part of the research project Borders of the new EU - possibilities and challanges and was presented at the seminar Romania's path to the European Union.

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