This volume is the result of two conferences that have been organised by two departments of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU), Cottbus, Germany – Department of Public Law, with Focus on Environmental and Planning Law at the Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences, and the Department of Environmental Planning at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Sciences. The conferences were carried out in 2019 in the framework of two cooperation projects financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia (project “Transposition of the acquis communautaire in Macedonia”) and the National Technical University “Dnipro Polytechnic”, Dnipro, Ukraine (project “Challenges of Sustainability in the Industrial Sector in Countries with Economies in Transition”). BTU itself, situated in the city of Cottbus, closely to the German-Polish border, has a long history of cooperation with Eastern European universities.
The overall terms of the projects were related to the transposition of the acquis communautaire in the European Union accession process of North Macedonia as well as under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Thus, the compliance with EU regulations is an urgent and also partially challenging issue in the accession process and subject to discussion in policy, society and science. The accession process refers to all kinds of sectors, but the environmental sector is one of the sectors that require substantial efforts from the candidate countries.
Another, politically important issue was in recent years – and it will regain high relevance in the future – the question of migration and the treatment of refugee issues. Here, North Macedonia is one of the countries on the “Balkan route”, stuck with the difficulties of organising, food, accommodation, transport and generally security for those refugees migrating from Greece via North Macedonia and Serbia to the EU mainland.
It is worth mentioning that the cooperation with the Dnipro Polytechnic (former National Mining University) in Dnipro goes back to 1998. And also the cooperation with the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje – even though compared to the BTU-NMU-cooperation it seems to be rather young – has been developing for the last three years including various activities, such as joint publications, project applications as well as student and academic staff exchange. In the course of the joint project with North Macedonia, several activities of exchange were organised, including the involvement of neighbouring countries, e.g. Albania and Kosovo. Beside the aforementioned conferences, several joint study projects, summer schools and seminars have been carried out. These conference proceedings give an insight to the perspectives of various researchers from candidate countries in the EU accession as well as association process whose voices are sometimes overseen. But such perspectives are of undoubted importance for understanding objections, delays, shortcomings and points of discussion in the accession and association process which should, finally, create a win-win-situation for the candidate countries as well as for the EU.
All contributions in this volume represent the personal opinions of their authors. Despite all reasonable efforts, the editors cannot guarantee the accuracy of all information and data provided in this publication.
SchlagworteAcquis communautaire Besitzstand EU-Erweiterung Europäische Union Migration Nordmazedonien Ukraine Umweltrecht
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