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EU Conditionality and the Protection of Minorities in the Post-Communist Region

EU Conditionality and the Protection of Minorities in the Post-Communist Region Claire Gordon* EU Conditionality and the Protection of Minorities in the Post-Communist Region I. Introduction Th is article explores the complex and evolving interaction between minorities’ protec- tion within the European Union (EU), the instrument of conditionality and the shift- ing constellation of domestic and regional interests in the post-Communist countries. Taken together these have diff erently shaped and constrained the implementation and practice of minority rights protection across the region. Th is multilevel dynamic is examined fi rstly in the context of the EU accession process in Central and Eastern Europe, secondly in the context of the EU’s Stabilisation and Association Process in the Western Balkans and thirdly in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy, with a particular focus on the countries in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood. Despite the evident power asymmetry between the aspiring candidates and the EU, the interaction of EU policy on minorities, conditionality and Eastern European states has not been characterized by a straightforward one-way process of progressive improvements in minority rights provision and implementation with the EU facilitat- ing advances in the “respect for and protection of minorities”. Rather it is suggested that not withstanding the development of the international minorit y http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

EU Conditionality and the Protection of Minorities in the Post-Communist Region

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 7 (1): 32 – Feb 9, 2010

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Abstract

Claire Gordon* EU Conditionality and the Protection of Minorities in the Post-Communist Region I. Introduction Th is article explores the complex and evolving interaction between minorities’ protec- tion within the European Union (EU), the instrument of conditionality and the shift- ing constellation of domestic and regional interests in the post-Communist countries. Taken together these have diff erently shaped and constrained the implementation and practice of minority rights protection across the region. Th is multilevel dynamic is examined fi rstly in the context of the EU accession process in Central and Eastern Europe, secondly in the context of the EU’s Stabilisation and Association Process in the Western Balkans and thirdly in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy, with a particular focus on the countries in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood. Despite the evident power asymmetry between the aspiring candidates and the EU, the interaction of EU policy on minorities, conditionality and Eastern European states has not been characterized by a straightforward one-way process of progressive improvements in minority rights provision and implementation with the EU facilitat- ing advances in the “respect for and protection of minorities”. Rather it is suggested that not withstanding the development of the international minorit y

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Published: Feb 9, 2010

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