Central Europe: European integration 10 years after the Eastern enlargement of the EU

It has been 25 years since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the most important point in European integration at the end of the 20th Century. The process of cohesion has been ongoing and was formalized by the accession of eight countries from the former socialist bloc in 2004. The 10th anniversary of the Eastern enlargement of the EU and 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain provides the opportunity to consider the process of integration in the European territory. There has been a continuous abolition of formal borders for citizens, labour force, enterprises, capital, and goods with the goal of economic, social and territorial cohesion. EU integration has had an influence on economic and demographic structures, influencing future paths of development, and has provided opportunities for cities and regions to cooperate and to respond to future challenges.





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