Authors: Robert I. Gal, Aniko Bernat, Funda Celikel, Marton Medgyesi, Wojciech Paczynski, Artur Radziwill, Istvan Gy. Toth, Mateusz Walewski, Przemyslav Wozniak, Daniel Gros
Published: December, 2007

The European Commission awarded a contract in November 2005 to a consortium composed of the TARKI Social Research Institute (Hungary), CASE, Center for Social and Economic Research (Poland) and CEPS to analyse the socio-economic developments and the process of structural reforms in what were then four candidate countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Turkey. The objective was to identify the major challenges in the current demographic, social and economic context that could be considered relevant in determining the capacity of these countries to function in the European Union. This study presents a synthesis of the findings for all four countries, and consists of an analytical section and a statistical annex. The four country reports are published separately in this same series.

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