Europeanisation without Europe? The Mediterranean and the Neighbourhood Policy
The Neighbourhood Policy wants to be a new approach by the EU towards the Mediterranean region. The focus is now on conditionality and offering a premium for countries implementing a comprehensive pack of economic and political reforms. In the economic domain, the offer to participate in the European Single Market is seen as an strong incentive for reform to Mediterranean Partner Countries. To some extent it can be called the 'europeanisation' of MPC's without becoming members of the EU. Under this approach, MPC's should upgrade their institutions and policies to put them in line with the 'acquis communautaire', a process that in the European integration literature is called 'europeanisation'. The paper will deal with this 'europeanisation without Europe' approach, trying to foresee its the sustainability in the Mediterranean. It analyse the economic dimensions of ENP, present some economic implications of including Mediterranean Partner Countries in the European Single Market discipline, and we explore the usefulness of conceptualising MPC's modernization as europeanisation and its feasibility.
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