Ten Years of Polish Membership in the European Union: An Update and an Appraisal
|Author(s)||by Richard J. Hunter Jr., Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V.|
|Keywords||European Union; economic transformation; convergence criteria; structural and cohesion funding|
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This paper will concentrate on an appraisal of ten years of Polish membership in the European Union. The paper is based on twenty-five years of research on topics relating to economic transformation in Poland found in more than thirty research articles and two academic books tracked towards their application to Polish membership in the European Union. The paper will briefly reprise the former ―command-and-control‖ economy of Poland and the ―grand failures‖ of the former system that were prevalent until the fall of 1989 when the period of transformation began. The paper will then turn to a review of both the economic advantages and some persistent negatives or disadvantages that have highlighted Poland‘s membership in the EU. Finally, the paper will contain an update on the current status of Poland‘s economy and an appraisal of Poland‘s economic prospects for the future.
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