COLLAPSE OR RENAISSANCE OF EUROPE
This paper analyses environmental issues related to the annexation of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to European Union. The three countries must comply with environmental regulations and laws applied following the principle of acquis communautaire, a common legal framework for the entire EU. There have been qualitative advances in the design and application of environmental policies in these countries. However, questions remain regarding social and economic problems that have arisen as a result of incorporation into a globalized economy during the recent crisis, and the new forms of subordination to, and dependence upon, transnational capital that this integration imposes.