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Десятилетний Европейский Большой Взрыв

БРЮССЕЛЬ – Десять лет тому назад, восемь стран с бывшего Советского блока, вместе с островными государствами Мальта и Кипр, вступили в Европейский Союз, тем самым увеличив количество членов ЕС с 15 до 25 стран. В то время, было опасение, что восточное расширение создаст напряжение в ЕС потому, что новые члены из Центральной и Восточной Европы были бедными и некоторые имели большие сельскохозяйственные сектора. Многие волновались, что это расширение отяготила бы бюджет потому, что ЕС тратит большие средства в основном на бедные регионы и сельское хозяйство.

В конце концов, эта проблема была решена типичным европейским компромиссом который позволила продолжить расширение, даже если бюджет был пониженным, в пропорции с европейским ВВП. На сегодняшний день, проблема сельского хозяйства практически исчезла с повестки дня ЕС как главная тема. Более того, горизонт планирования под Многолетней Финансовой Структурой ЕС подразумевает, что ответ на вопрос кто кому будет платить должен подниматься только раз в семь лет.

Целью экономической интеграции строго является повышением роста ВВП и улучшением уровня жизни. Если судить с этой точки зрения, то расширение было успешным. Присоединившиеся страны значительно улучшили свое благосостояние за последнее десятилетие.

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