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European Neighbourhood - Challenges and Opportunities for EU Competitiveness

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  • Vasily Astrov

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Peter Havlik

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Mario Holzner

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Gabor Hunya

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Isilda Mara

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Sandor Richter

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Roman Stöllinger

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

  • Hermine Vidovic

    ()
    (The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw)

Abstract

(Report based on Background Study for European Competitiveness Report 2012, see http //ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/industrial-competitiveness/competitiveness-analysis/european-competitiveness-report/index_en.htm) Summary Countries belonging to the European neighbourhood are highly diverse. Their diversity is multidimensional (geographical, socio-economic, political, cultural, religious, etc.) and the individual dimensions all have important implications for EU policies towards the region(s), for EU institutional relations with individual neighbourhood countries and for these countries themselves – including their competitiveness. After mapping the economic situation and the competitiveness of the countries in European neighbourhood, the paper proceeds to an analysis of the selected aspects of these countries’ competitiveness The economic impacts of existing agreements between EU Member States and neighbouring countries. A simulation of various scenarios covering free trade in goods between the EU and some of its neighbours is attempted. Where possible, the effects of bilateral agreements on the growth and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Rim countries are investigated. The economic impact and the impact on competitiveness of migration and remittances flows between Rim countries and EU Member States are investigated, as is the effect these have on the labour market. Conclusions are drawn and policy recommendations made on the basis of the analysis; these cover the challenges and opportunities for the competitiveness of EU enterprises and sectors in the neighbouring countries.

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Paper provided by The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw in its series wiiw Research Reports with number 382.

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Length: 154 pages including 24 Tables and 61 Figures
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Publication status: Published as wiiw Research Report
Handle: RePEc:wii:rpaper:rr:382

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Keywords: European Union; EU Neighbourhood; competitiveness; foreign trade; FDI; labour market; migration; remittances;

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  1. K. Dimitris & AM. Pinna, 2013. "Trade activity between the EU and its neighboring countries: Trends and potential," Working Paper CRENoS 201320, Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia.

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