Base Conversion in Central and Eastern Europe 1989-2003

Release date: 2003-05

While base conversion is, even in the best of circumstances, a long and complicated process, the municipalities and regions affected by the problem in CEE countries have had to face a number of additional difficulties. Especially in the first few years of the 1990s, base conversion had to be carried out in an environment of profound social, political, and economic transformation. All countries in the region have experienced a massive social and economic crisis after the collapse of the state socialist system. Land ownership questions were often unclear while the legal and administrative frameworks necessary for base conversion had to be built up from scratch.