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The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership : Political and Economic Perspectives - Richard Gillespie

The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

Political and Economic Perspectives

By: Richard Gillespie (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9780714643700
Number Of Pages: 200

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At the Barcelona Conference in November 1995, the European Union and 12 southern and eastern Mediterranean states established the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP). The initiative is one of the most ambitious external projects ever undertaken by the European Union. Central to it are plans to create a free trade area including 30 countries and 800 million people by early in the twenty-first century. In the eyes of its architects, the EMP promises to counter the acute political, economic and social problems affecting the EU's Mediterranean neighbours. These problems increasingly affect European countries as recipients of migrants and as refuges (and sometimes targets) for radical Islamist groups.
The economic dimension of the Barcelona process has been its most tangible thus far. Will the North African economies be able to cope with the liberation of market forces or will greater social and political unrest ensue? Can the Mediterranean partners expect to benefit from an initiative in which Europeans set the agenda? These are two of the crucial questions addressed in these pages by economists, political scientists and international relations specialists. While some contributions provide overviews, others examine key partners (Spain, Morocco, Egypt), for national interests and ambitions have surfaced repeatedly. This is one of the first assessments of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, focusing primarily on its political and economic dimensions.

Introduction: The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership Initiativep. 1
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership since Barcelonap. 9
Southern Attitudes towards an Integrated Mediterranean Regionp. 12
National Perspectives
Spanish Protagonismo and the Euro-Med Partnership Initiativep. 33
Spanish-Moroccan Economic Relationsp. 49
Egypt and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership: Strategic Choice or Adaptive Mechanismp. 64
The Socio-Economic Dimension
Socio-Economic Disparities in the Mediterraneanp. 93
The Economic Impact of the Euro-Mediterranean Free Trade Area on Mediterranean Non-Member Countriesp. 113
The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Sustainable Development: The Interface between Free Trade and the Environmentp. 129
The Relevance of European Security Structures to the Mediterranean (and Vice Versa)p. 149
The Barcelona Declarationp. 177
Indexp. 189
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ISBN: 9780714643700
ISBN-10: 071464370X
Series: Meditteranean Politics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st October 1997
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1