In 1993 the European Union created the Copenhagen Criteria. The Copenhagen Criteria are requirements the European Union established for candidate countries to fulfill before being granted membership. Academics have criticized the Copenhagen Criteria for being too vague and that candidate countries have problems comprehending what they actually mean, and how to relate to them. This thesis will analyze Serbia’s approachment towards the Copenhagen Criteria. The analysis will use the example of Serbia’s way of hiring and firing tens of thousands of state employees when a new government steps into power, as a way to politically control the administration. This is to underline that Serbia does not have the same comprehension of the European Union anti-corruption requirements as the European Union does. Thus, counter what many scholars argue, it will not be more helpful for Serbia if the Copenhagen Criteria were described in more detail, and operated as a roadmap for the candidate countries.
This topic was chosen due to the author’s interest in the fight against corruption and the expansion of the European Union. It is the author’s hope that this thesis can be used as a model for other countries in similar situations.
Key words: Corruption, Indirect bribery, Copenhagen Criteria, European Union, Serbia
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||European Studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Copenhagen Criteria, Corruption, European Union, Serbia|
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