The European Commission, DG X, has launched a new bi-monthly magazine, "European Dialogue", to be used as a forum for ideas and discussion with decision-makers and opinion-formers in the six Europe Agreement countries about closer integration with the European Union. The six countries which have signed Europe Agreements are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Negotiations on similar agreements have begun with the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and will begin shortly with Slovenia. The first issue of "European Dialogue" is available in Hungarian, Czech and Slovakian with a limited English edition. Additional editions in Polish, Bulgarian and Romanian are expected later this year. Readers include members of parliament, central and local government officials, local businessmen, academics, trade unions leaders and leaders of "grass roots" organizations. Articles in the first issue cover the expansion of the EU to include Austria and its impact on Central Europe, a look at the new Commission and its priorities for 1995 together with an outline of the work programme of the French six-month presidency. It also examines the issue of the freedom of the press in Central Europe and the latest results of the Central and Eastern Eurobarometer opinion poll on attitudes towards Europe by Central and East Europeans. The next issue of "European Dialogue" is scheduled for publication in May/June 1995 and will contain the first in a series on the effects of the common agricultural policy on the proposed enlargement of the EU, a look at the work of the European Parliament with Central Europe, the future of European monetary union and other issues of importance to the associated countries.
Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia