Ten Years after Europe's 'Big Bang': How Enlargement has Transformed the EU
Jacek Rostowski, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland (2013); Finance Minister (2007-13)
Anne Applebaum, Director, Transitions Forum, Legatum Insitute
Dimitar Bechev, Senior Visiting Fellow, European Institute, LSE
Chair: Quentin Peel, Mercator Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House
A decade ago ten new countries joined the EU, followed in 2007 by an additional two new member states, together adding more than 100 million citizens and fundamentally changing the union.
This event will explore the effects of the 2004 and 2007 enlargements on the politics and economics of European integration. In particular, the panellists will discuss how EU accession has affected the new member states, how pre-existing member states are still adjusting to an enlarged union, and how the politics of free movement and budget distribution continue to be contested.