Mats Braun, The Europeanization of Environmental Policy in the New Europe – Beyond Conditionality, Ashgate Publishing, April 2014
Prior to the European Union (EU) 2004/2007 enlargement there were several predictions that this event would hamper progressive decision-making within the EU on environmental policy. It was believed that the new member states had adopted EU rules as a consequence of the EU’s conditionality and consequently they would rather slow down the reform speed in the field after accession.
In this book, Mats Braun offers an up-to-date account of how post-communist member states have handled policy initiatives in the field of environmental policy after accession. Using detailed case studies of how Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania dealt with two different EU policy initiatives – REACH and the Climate-Energy Package – he explores whether social norms and the process of socialization can help us understand why the track record of the new member states in the area of environmental policy is more varied than was originally envisaged prior to the enlargement.
The book will be presented to the public in the Institute of International Relations on 23 April 2014.
Vít Beneš, Mats Braun, contribution to the publication Differentiated Integration in the EU – From the Inside Looking Out, CEPS, 28 January 2014
Vít Beneš and Mats Braun contributed to the new CEPS publication on the external dimension of the multi-speed, multi-tier European Union. The publisher, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. The authors include (apart from Mr. Beneš and Mr. Braun) Steven Blockmans, Richard Corbett, Elaine Fahey, Ester Herlin-Karnell, Theodore Konstadinides, Adam Łazowski, Claudio Matera, Juan Santos Vara and Csaba Törő.