Following some ten years as a practicing lawyer and consultant, Kirstyn Inglis has been researching the evolving legal practice of EU enlargement for over ten years. This book, succinctly, introduces this evolving practice, covering ‘transitional arrangements’ in accession treaties, the Treaty of Lisbon, recent European Court case law, the specific governance challenge of incorporating Bulgaria and Romania and the strategy for future enlargements to bring in the Western Balkans and Turkey. In part two, the examples of the environment and the agri-food acquis are explored, including the analysis of the transitional arrangements in practice. Overall, the diversity and complexity of the pre-accession and post-accession challenge of enlargement becomes apparent, as do key challenges for the evolution of the acquis communautaire in an enlarging Union at a time when Croatia is waiting to sign its own accession treaty.
Kirstyn Inglis qualified as a Scottish solicitor in 1990 and moved to Brussels to specialise in European law. Later, she shifted into academic research, defending her PhD thesis at Ghent University (2006). She is now Post-doc Research Fellow (FWO) there.
“Inglis is one of a dedicated group of academic writers who has enhanced the understanding of the legal implications of accession – both for the Union and its Member States as well as the acceding countries – particularly surrounding the fifth and sixth enlargements to Central and Eastern Europe (and also Cyprus and Malta) in 2004 and 2007 respectively. The present volume encapsulates her profound professional and personal experiences of CEEC enlargements in the environment and agri-food (especially food safety) sectors. [..] In addressing and analyzing the evolution of transitional arrangements in accession treaties and their intimate interconnection with conditionality, Inglis fills a critical gap in the existing literature. The author impresses the reader with her ability to explain the details and complexity of the inter-relationship between, on the one hand, transitional arrangements whether formal or informal and, on the other, the successful (or otherwise) application of conditionality on the part of the European Union.” - Allan F. Tatham, in:
CML Rev. 2011
PART I EVOLVING PRACTICE IN EUROPEAN UNION ENLARGEMENT
Chapter 1: Eligible candidates and procedural steps to accession
Chapter 2: The Copenhagen criteria: efforts required before and after accession
Chapter 3: The pre-accession strategy: from Agenda 2000 to date
Chapter 4: Accession Treaties: transitional arrangements and other means to ease the impact of enlargement
Chapter 5: New flexibility mechanisms in the 2003 and 2005 Accession Treaties
PART II CASE STUDIES ON EC ENVIRONMENT AND AGRI-FOOD LAW
Chapter 6: EC environment law
Chapter 7: EC agri-food law
Those interested in EU external relations law, particularly EU enlargement practice and governance, including the preparations strategy (pre-accession), accession treaties and transitional arrangements, and how it is implemented in the agri-food and environment acquis.