June 3, 2010
Despite their special interest in areas like energy security or neighbourhood policy, the East European countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have not yet become agenda-setters in Brussels, a study by the Comenius university in Slovakia reveals.
One of the reasons, the authors of the report explained, that the EU newcomers still struggle to define their national priorities and preferences. This apparently is due to poor domestic coordination, to insufficient administrative capacity, to inability to build alliances, not only among other East European members, but with the Western countries and the Commission.
Also, the Visegrad format has proved to be of little value for identifying new political projects. As Piotr Kaczyński, a researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies said, if a political idea doesn’t “fly” in the Visegrad format, “it is obvious that it could not fly in an EU format either”.
My own impressions from following EU affairs go in the same direction. I also think East Europeans were used to get the agenda from “higher up”, that is, from Moscow, and now they expect the same from Brussels.
This is why I find it strange that in spite of the fact that East Europeans do not appear enthusiastic over some of the the Europe 2020 strategy targets, they would accept it, as a Gosplan. Accept it, and then cheat on it.
I hope I’m wrong.Georgi Gotev