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ESDN Quarterly Report October 2014

National Sustainable Development Strategies in eight CEE countries: Experiences, challenges and opportunities 10 years after EU accession

by Katrin Lepuschitz & Gerald Berger

In 2014, the Central and Eastern European (CEE) EU Member States celebrate their 10th anniversary of EU Membership. This was reason enough for the ESDN to look into the National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) processes of 8 CEE Member States (Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) and what experiences they’ve made since EU accession. The main purpose of this Quarterly Report is thus to explore the impact of the EU accession on the NSDS processes in the CEE countries. In so doing, a comparative stocktaking of NSDS processes in CEEs is provided, based on up-to date information of the ESDN Country Profiles and telephone interviews with policy-makers from national government ministries of the eight countries.

This report has the following structure: In chapter one, we provide a general overview of the CEE countries’ socio-economic and environmental situation by comparing the year of their EU accession with the current situation. The second chapter includes a comparative stocktaking of NSDSs processes in the eight CEE countries, based on up-to-date information provided in the country profiles (September 2014) of the ESDN homepage. The last chapter presents the results of the telephone interviews and gives more in-depth insides of structural and procedural NSDS processes of the respective countries. In the conclusions chapter, we summarize the main findings of this Quarterly Report.

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