Abstract Martin Vittek and Simon Lightfoot

The Europeanisation of Slovak Development Cooperation?

Martin Vittek and Simon Lightfoot

Abstract: This paper explores the Europeanisation of Slovak development cooperation. Development policy is an under-studied area within the Europeanisation literature but it provides an interesting case study as to how one new member state is taking on board the EU acquis in a crucial but marginalised field. It shows that overall Slovakia has made a successful transition from being a recipient of aid to donor and that organisations such as the UNDP and the OECD aided this transition. Overall, it concludes that the need to conform to both the financial, political and institutional demands of the acquis were a major driving force behind the re-emergence of Slovakia as a donor.

Keywords: Europeanisation, Slovak Development Cooperation, EU Development Acquis, New Donors, EU Enlargement