Central and Eastern Europe

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Sub-regions of Europe according to Eurovoc. CEE is in red.
The European regional grouping according to The World Factbook:
  Central Europe
  Eastern Europe
  Southeastern Europe
The pre-1989 "Eastern Bloc" (orange) superimposed on current borders

Central and Eastern Europe, abbreviated CEE, is a generic term for the group of countries in Central Europe, Southeast Europe/the Balkans, Northeast Europe/the Baltics, and Eastern Europe, usually meaning former communist states in Europe. It is in use after the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989–90; in scholarly literature the abbreviations CEE or CEEC are often used for this concept.[1][2][3] The definition of this region varies, depending on the source.[4][5][6]


The term CEE includes all the Eastern bloc countries west of the post-World War II border with the former Soviet Union, the independent states in former Yugoslavia and the three Baltic statesEstonia, Latvia, Lithuania – that chose not to join the CIS with the other 12 former republics of the USSR. The transition countries in Europe are thus classified today into two political-economic entities: CEE and CIS, the CEE countries are further subdivided by their accession status to the European Union (EU): the eight first-wave accession countries that joined the EU on 1 May 2004 (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Slovenia), the two second-wave accession countries that joined on 1 January 2007 (Romania and Bulgaria) and the third-wave accession country that joined on 1 July 2013 (Croatia). According to the World Bank 2008 analysis, the transition to advanced market economies is over for all 10 countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007,[7] it can be also understood as all countries of the Eastern Bloc.[8]

CEE includes the following former socialist countries, which extend east from the border of Germany and south from the Baltic Sea to the border with Greece:

Other former Eastern Bloc countries in Europe, which are members and associates of the CIS (except Ukraine) are sometimes included in CEE:[5][10][11][12]

In addition:

  •  Austria, member of the European Union, was not a communist country during the Cold War, but it is sometimes included in CEE [6]
  •  Georgia (country), was formerly a member of the CIS and is often included in CEE
  •  Kazakhstan, although primarily in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is a member of the CIS and has a small proportion of territory in Eastern Europe.

The term Central and Eastern Europe (with its abbreviation CEE) has displaced the alternative term East-Central Europe in the context of transition countries, mainly because the abbreviation ECE is ambiguous: it commonly stands for Economic Commission for Europe rather than East-Central Europe.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Inotai, András (Autumn 2009). "BUDAPEST—Ghost of Second-Class Status Haunts Central and Eastern Europe". Europe's World. Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ Z. Lerman, C. Csaki, and G. Feder, Agriculture in Transition: Land Policies and Evolving Farm Structures in Post-Soviet Countries, Lexington Books, Lanham, MD (2004), see, e.g., Table 1.1, p. 4.
  3. ^ J. Swinnen, ed., Political Economy of Agrarian Reform in Central and Eastern Europe, Ashgate, Aldershot (1997).
  4. ^ "CEE countries". 9 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Directorate, OECD Statistics. "OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms - Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs) Definition". stats.oecd.org. 
  6. ^ a b "Home" (PDF). Roland Berger. 
  7. ^ Unleashing Prosperity: Productivity Growth in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, World Bank, Washington (2008), p. 42
  8. ^ "Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia". OECD. 
  9. ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Kosovo and the Republic of Serbia. The Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. The two governments began to normalise relations in 2013, as part of the Brussels Agreement. Kosovo has received formal recognition as an independent state from 111 out of 193 United Nations member states.
  10. ^ "Data - Database CE". www.databasece.com. 
  11. ^ http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/research-and-insight/2013/changing-world-of-trade/
  12. ^ http://www.foodnavigator.com/Financial-Industry/Nestle-performance-in-Europe-surprises-analysts
  13. ^ "UNECE Homepage". www.unece.org.