Creating incentives for reform: The EU accession process

"The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the EU accession process, and to extract possible guidelines as to the internal and external incentives necessary to generate higher rates of economic growth and development in African states.This introductory article will give an overview of the APR process as it has unfolded on the continent since 2004.This main article gives an overview of the changes that accession countries underwent in joining the EU, how they implemented reforms, how these reforms are supervised by EU institutions and what impact accession has had on the economies of candidate countries and the cohesion of their societies."