The New Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II): Less Accession, More Assistance?

Wolfgang Koeth
ISBN 13 EIPA Code #: 2014/W/01 Year: 2014 Pages: 15 Digital: 0 €

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The EU enlargement engine seems to have run out of political steam. Support within the member states for future enlargement is at all-time low, while some of the candidate countries have also seemed to put the enlargement process on the backburner. However, at least rhetorically, the EU is still committed to the enlargement process and maintains its entire enlargement tool box, such as the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) – one of the most important EU external financial instruments. The new IPA regulation (IPA II), adopted in March 2014, clearly reflects the fact that the enlargement process is on a holding pattern.