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Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe considers the influence of financial, political and social transformation in imperative and japanese Europe within the context of european expansion. the writer makes use of the lens of gender to envision the procedures of democratization, marketization and nationalism.

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Both the Beijing Platform for Action and subsequent recommendations have stressed the 'need for greater consultation between NGOs and national machineries'. In this context, 'the question of access to government becomes critical' (Rai, 2003: 35). Karat Coalition for gender equality in Central and Eastern Europe identifies two problems that precisely exemplify this 'gap': 'Despite the fact that a process of opening the state authorities to the public has started, NGOs are kept outside mainstream policy formation ....

The second problem is that - as in existing member countries - the gender mainstreaming machinery in the accession countries remains systemically weak. In fact, the establishment of national machineries was part of the commitment to National Plans of Action that all governments in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union took upon themselves to comply with the UN's Beijing Platform for Action. Yet the process of EU accession, whilst lending moral support, has not directly contributed to the strengthening of national machineries.

Judit Acsady notes the lack of identification of women in the region with gender-based group interests (Acsady, 1999: 406). Nevertheless, the refusal to analyse systematic gender disadvantage can be politically disabling. , 2000: 133, 135). Beyond that there is the question of distinguishing political participation as women from feminist activism. This is discussed in Chapter 4. The third factor is perhaps even more fundamental than theoretical debates about the definition of women-in-politics, or inter-country differences in political developments.

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