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EU Accession Negotiations (A Handbook), A Review

By Melania-Gabriela Ciot

Vasile Pușcaș, Author
Wien: Hulla& Co Human Dynamics KG, 2013, 216 p., ISBN 978-3-200-03068-8.

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Nowadays, European negotiations require learning tools, knowledge of negotiation and game theory, application of procedures, the use of position papers and background dossiers, interpersonal communication, politically correct behavior and a diplomatic language.

The handbook by the Chief Negotiator of Romania’s Accession to the EU (2000-2004), prof.dr. Vasile Pușcaș, offers all of the elements mentioned above and also the knowledge and technical support for the formation of the essential requirements of an European accession negotiator: strategy oriented, diplomatic mind and “tongue” – a clear view on what it is need to be done.

All of the chapters of the handbook were designed as a guide, which will give the technical dimension of what is meant by accession negotiations.

The EU Accession Negotiations (A Handbook) is a very good initiative of the Regional Environmental Network for Accession (RENA) program for the states of the Western Balkans which are preparing their accession to the European Union and for that reason I strongly recommend this useful tool to the governments and to the negotiating teams from these countries. Also, the academic community is honored and proud to receive this “example of lived history”, because only this experience could certify the quality of the information and of examples given in the content of this handbook. Nevertheless, the handbook is a good guide for the students from international relations and European studies field, as well as for the general public interested in this particular topic.

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Assoc. Prof. Dr., Department of European Studies and Governance, Faculty of European Studies, University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Ciot may be contacted by e-mail at [email protected]

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