Independent and cutting-edge analysis on Turkey and its neighborhood

Taking Bulgaria as an example, this article examines how the EU accession process transforms a key policy area – the environmental sector. Starting with a disastrous legacy and very weak institutions ten years ago, Bulgaria’s environmental policies have been dramatically transformed in the decade preceding the country’s EU accession in 2007. Although a number of the problems have not been (fully) overcome yet, Bulgaria now has the institutions and policy tools in place to address the remaining challenges. This stands in stark contrast to the situation in 1997 and illustrates what a powerful reform motor the EU accession process is.

 

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Kristof Bender
Kristof Bender
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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