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Maritime Interest Representation in the EU


  • Athanasios A. Pallis

    (Department of Shipping, Trade and Transport, University of the Aegean)


The EU constitutes a supranational policy-making jurisdiction that has moved decisively into the maritime transport policy field. A variety of maritime interests has identified a new level of power with the EU decision-making process and has re-targeted its lobbying strategies in order to influence the Common Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP). This article examines the patterns and the capabilities of this mobilisation. The first part focuses on the structures of these Euro-groups. Then, the analysis turns on the lobbying practices of these interests groups in the context of the EU co-decision process of policy-making. The final part weighs the extent that the ÔEU environmentÕ and the Ôeconomic environmentÕ assist, or undermine, the governability of these lobbying activities and their capacity to be coherent policy actors that serve the interests of their members in the long-term.

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  • Athanasios A. Pallis, 2005. "Maritime Interest Representation in the EU," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 3(Winter), pages 6-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:3:y:2005-2006:i:winter:p:6-28

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    1. Natalie Tocci, 2008. "The EU and Conflict Resolution in Turkey and Georgia: Hindering EU Potential Through the Political Management of Contractual Relations," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46, pages 875-897, September.
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    Interests representation; EU maritime transport policy;

    JEL classification:

    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
    • R41 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion; Travel Time; Safety and Accidents; Transportation Noise


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