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The Benefits of Romania's Accession to the EU
Seven years after Romania's accession to the EU it is generally acknowledged that the
membership have had an positive effect on the country’s economy and growth. This
concerning both social welfare, economic welfare as well as on the welfare of the state. On
January the 1st 2014 romanians acquired the same rights to work and live in the EU as the rest
of the EU citizens. Among the eight member states that had restricted the acess for romanian
citizens, were France, Germany and Great Britain. Many now regards the ”new” romanian
workers as a valuable resource: British companies are advertising for labour in romanian job
markets. But what benefits do Romania have with its accession to the EU?
The positive effects may be accounted for in both political, economical or social political
ways. Romania, with its many economic possibilites in oil, agriculture, metallurgic industry
as well as in tourism, has the opportunity to become interesting for foreign capital. Removing
barriers from trade opens a field with obvious effects on the business thus making it possible
for Romanian companies to expand into new, foreign markets in the EU, made possible by
accepting the free movement of capital. With its financial and technical assistance given to
Romania concerning legal and institutional framework for a well functioning economy, EU
provides stabilization as well growth in the Romanian market. Through its status of member
state and being a trusted and active partner in the EU, Romania has access to structural and
cohesion funds, financial tools set up to implement the regional policy of the European Union.
From a financial view this perhaps is one of the main benefits obtained by Romania after the
EU accessions.
Being a member state of the EU also gives Romania the possibility to promote national
interests. Full Romanian accession to the European Union means opportunity to take part at a
process of globalization of social policies. As a full member, Romania can participate directly
in decisionmaking processes, not only those regarding Romanian concerns, but also those
regarding the future configuration of Europe. What may then be the most important benefit
derived from a full membership in the EU, is the basic underlying premise of democracy in
Europe, where the possibility to practice a narrow and outdated nationalism is reduced. A
stabilized and secured situation in regard to trade and supranational interaction has so far
shown to be the best guarantee for freedom and peace. A stabile political climate stimulates

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