Benefits of EU Membership to the Czech Republic Dissertation or Thesis by Hans

A look at the costs and benefits of the Czech Republic's membership into the EU since 2004.
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This paper provides a discussion on the positive and negative aspects of the Czech Republic's membership to the EU since 2004. The paper considers two key elements in the form of social and economic impacts. Overall the paper comes to the conclusion that as a member of the EU the Czech Republic has benefited significantly from an economic perspective, especially from relaxations in trade tariffs and barriers to trade with key trading partners such as Germany and France. From a social perspective the paper has not reached a decisive conclusion, with mixed data and views being presented in relation to the true impact of EU membership upon the Czech Republic. Additionally, the paper considers both hard statistical data as well as the perceptions of a number of members of the Czech community, summarizing that the perceptions of the Czech public largely mirror that of the data observed, as such there has been no significant gap between perception and fact as observed in the course of this project. Several figures, graphs and tables are included in the paper.


1.0 Introduction
1.1 Research Aims and Objectives
2.0 Methodology
2.2 Secondary Research
2.3 Primary Research
2.4 Quantitative and Qualitative Data
2.5 Findings and Analysis
2.6 Ethics, Health and Safety
3.0 Literature Review
3.1 The EU
3.2 The Czech Republic
3.3 The EU and Migration
3.4 Structural Considerations
3.5 Social Impacts
4.0 Findings and Analysis
4.1 Economic Indicators
4.2 Trading Partners
4.3 The Recession
4.4 The Agricultural Sector
4.4 The Tourism Sector
4.5 EU and the Environment
4.6 Primary Research
5.0 Conclusions

From the Paper:

"One of the key tenants for the joining of the EU are the benefits derived from being part of a trading block which promises the freedom of movement of capital , labour and good and services. However, for the 10 new members states, including the Czech Republic the promise has not been what it might have been for members who joined the Union earlier. One of the key restrictions places upon new members has been on the ability of their citizen to migrate freely within the EU for economic purposes (Palmer 2008). Whilst such a policy has affected nations such as the Czech republic who suffer from the inflexibilities of labour restrictions placed upon their citizens, there is also the consideration that such measures are temporary with restrictions due to be lifted in 2011 (Palmer 2008). However, this would seem to create a conflict between the principals of the EU which are based around the concept of equality and freedom of trade and labour movement and the policies which have actually been implemented and which this case have had a negative impact upon Czech society in that members of other EU states are able to take advantage of trade and labour opportunities within the Czech Republic, yet Czech citizens are temporarily bared from taking advantage of the same opportunities in other EU member states."

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