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The United States' role in Central Asia

22-11-2017

Geographically distant and without historical ties to the region, the USA has never been a major player in Central Asia. However, both sides stand to gain from closer ties: for the USA, Central Asian countries are key partners in meeting security challenges; for Central Asia, benefits could include increased investment and reduced dependence on Russia and China, the two main regional powers.

Geographically distant and without historical ties to the region, the USA has never been a major player in Central Asia. However, both sides stand to gain from closer ties: for the USA, Central Asian countries are key partners in meeting security challenges; for Central Asia, benefits could include increased investment and reduced dependence on Russia and China, the two main regional powers.

The future of EU - ASEAN relations

20-04-2017

Marking the 40th anniversary of the start of their dialogue ASEAN and the EU have agreed to work towards establishing a strategic partnership. While trade has always been the cornerstone of the relationship - ASEAN is the EU’s third largest trade partner - the EU’s ambition to expand its role as a global actor demand increased engagement. Both sides face common challenges that can only be addressed through joint responses that involve all stakeholders. To be strategic the partnership must embrace ...

Marking the 40th anniversary of the start of their dialogue ASEAN and the EU have agreed to work towards establishing a strategic partnership. While trade has always been the cornerstone of the relationship - ASEAN is the EU’s third largest trade partner - the EU’s ambition to expand its role as a global actor demand increased engagement. Both sides face common challenges that can only be addressed through joint responses that involve all stakeholders. To be strategic the partnership must embrace all aspects, from trade to energy, from climate change to security issues, from human rights to sustainable development. Deepening and enhancing relations between one of the most dynamic region in the world and the largest and most affluent market will bring important benefits to both European and ASEAN citizens. The last years have seen an increase in contacts but the many challenges faced today by the EU, internally and in its close neighbourhood, risk to require all attention and put the EU-ASEAN relations at risk. Finally the study argues that strengthening the parliamentary dimension of the relationship would, besides supporting representative democracy in Southeast Asia, contribute to maintaining the momentum launched in 2012.

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA): A Privileged Interlocutor for the European Parliament in South East Asia

20-08-2015

The mains aims of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) are the promotion of closer cooperation among parliaments of the association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN) member countries and the facilitation of the attainment of the objectives of ASEAN. AIPA is not the Parliament of ASEAN: it has no legislative powers, its resolutions are non-binding, and it does not vote on the budget of ASEAN. However, AIPA is significant in relation to the development of the political context in Southeast ...

The mains aims of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) are the promotion of closer cooperation among parliaments of the association of South East Asian nations (ASEAN) member countries and the facilitation of the attainment of the objectives of ASEAN. AIPA is not the Parliament of ASEAN: it has no legislative powers, its resolutions are non-binding, and it does not vote on the budget of ASEAN. However, AIPA is significant in relation to the development of the political context in Southeast Asia, as the ASEAN Economic Community is about to enter into force: it provides a parliamentary forum where members from national parliaments can interact and exchange information on issues of common interest. The European Parliament's participation in the General Assembly of AIPA provides a unique opportunity for regional dialogue In South East Asia, both with the member countries and with the observer countries of ASEAN.

International cooperation in south-east Asia

01-12-2014

ASEAN is southeast Asia's equivalent of the EU – an organisation which promotes regional peace and prosperity through economic and political integration. There are also several other international organisations active in the region, some established by ASEAN, others independent of it.

ASEAN is southeast Asia's equivalent of the EU – an organisation which promotes regional peace and prosperity through economic and political integration. There are also several other international organisations active in the region, some established by ASEAN, others independent of it.

Regional Integration in the Mediterranean - Impact and Limits of Community and Bilateral Policies

25-04-2014

The economic integration of the south and east Mediterranean partner countries with Europe has made very little progress, just as relations between them are not showing signs of development. The immediate periphery of the Union has not yet become a dynamic area of trade with Europe, and Community aid, which is focused on the commercial aspects, has not managed to stimulate sufficient economic growth in its neighbours to absorb new entrants on to the labour market. This lack of regional economic dynamism ...

The economic integration of the south and east Mediterranean partner countries with Europe has made very little progress, just as relations between them are not showing signs of development. The immediate periphery of the Union has not yet become a dynamic area of trade with Europe, and Community aid, which is focused on the commercial aspects, has not managed to stimulate sufficient economic growth in its neighbours to absorb new entrants on to the labour market. This lack of regional economic dynamism is in contrast with the intensity of human relations which has developed over a long period due to the presence of an essentially North African and Turkish diaspora in Europe and the North-South tourist traffic to the Mediterranean, which are undervalued. While the Arab revolutions are a reminder that the movement of ideas and people goes hand in hand with a greater homogeneity of lifestyles and aspirations from a democratic and social viewpoint, little has been done in a Euro- Mediterranean context to encourage this movement, particularly from a social and political standpoint. We should therefore redirect the priorities of European aid from a commercial emphasis to a truly industrial policy and set out a politicial and social priority for the region.

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Cécile JOLLY (Commissariat général à la stratégie et à la prospective, sous l'Office du Premier ministre, France)

Political, Social and Economic Impacts of European Union Policies with its Mediterranean Partners - Focus on ‘Investment’ and Recommendations for Improved Integration

25-04-2014

Since the 2011 Arab revolutions, the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries (SEMCs) have been undergoing multiple transitions (political, social, cultural, religious, etc.). These revolutions have brought to light two main areas requiring action: the upgrading of infrastructures and the creation of jobs for the younger generation. Although the relationship between these countries and Europe is strong, it needs to be renewed. This renewal must be comprehensive and must focus on investment, joint ...

Since the 2011 Arab revolutions, the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries (SEMCs) have been undergoing multiple transitions (political, social, cultural, religious, etc.). These revolutions have brought to light two main areas requiring action: the upgrading of infrastructures and the creation of jobs for the younger generation. Although the relationship between these countries and Europe is strong, it needs to be renewed. This renewal must be comprehensive and must focus on investment, joint management of energy transition, and mobility, which requires special treatment due to its human dimension. Certain measures would need to be put in place for this, for example a fund dedicated to infrastructures, bringing together all of the financial support from Europe; increased mobilisation in favour of SMEs, and management of the mobility of professionals. As far as the SEMCs are concerned, the establishment of a regional economic area will be achieved through improvement of the business climate. This will entail the modernisation of the legal framework by means of regional convergence so that the EU operators and the SEMCs have shared and mutually compatible legal tools at their disposal, as well as taking a progressive step towards the modernisation of the financial system in accordance with a schedule set out by each country.

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Amal CHEVREAU (Ipemed, France)

Cohesion Policy after 2013 : A Critical Assessment of the Legislative Proposals

15-06-2012

This study provides a critical analysis of the draft legislative package for EU Cohesion Policy after 2013. On the basis of a literature review and budgetary modelling, it identifies the main strengths and weaknesses of the proposals and offers recommendations to inform the position of the European Parliament in the negotiations.

This study provides a critical analysis of the draft legislative package for EU Cohesion Policy after 2013. On the basis of a literature review and budgetary modelling, it identifies the main strengths and weaknesses of the proposals and offers recommendations to inform the position of the European Parliament in the negotiations.

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Carlos Mendez, John Bachtler and Fiona Wishlade

The Trade Chapter of the European Union Association Agreement with Central America

27-03-2012

The EU Central America Association Agreement is an example of the successful completion of a region-to-region agreement and therefore in line with the EU’s aim of promoting regional integration in other regions through trade and association agreements. For the EU, economic welfare gains and employment effects from the trade chapter of the Agreement are because of the relative small size of the Central American market expected to be negligible. However, EU exporters will benefit from lower tariffs ...

The EU Central America Association Agreement is an example of the successful completion of a region-to-region agreement and therefore in line with the EU’s aim of promoting regional integration in other regions through trade and association agreements. For the EU, economic welfare gains and employment effects from the trade chapter of the Agreement are because of the relative small size of the Central American market expected to be negligible. However, EU exporters will benefit from lower tariffs on manufactured goods especially in automobiles. For the Central American countries (CA), there is the potential of significant gains, but these are not evenly spread. The fact that CA exporters already benefited from zero tariffs on almost all exports to the EU under the extended Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+) means that there are relatively few sectors that will have enhanced access with the exception of bananas, raw cane sugar and shrimps. Above all, the Agreement will provide legally secure access to the EU market. The Agreement also tackles cross border services and establishment, technical barriers to trade (TBT), sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues as well as trade remedies in the shape of anti-dumping, countervailing duties or multilateral safeguards. The provisions on intellectual property rights include Geographic Indications (GIs). The trade chapter furthermore contains a human rights clause which stipulates that the parties must ensure that human rights are respected within their jurisdiction. Furthermore there are provisions on sustainable development.

External author

Steve WOOLCOCK (London School of Economics, UNITED KINGDOM) , Jody KEANE (Overseas Development Institute, UNITED KINGDOM) , Christopher STEVENS (Overseas Development Institute, UNITED KINGDOM) , Lorand BARTELS (University of Cambridge, UNITED KINGDOM)

EU macro-regional strategies: state of play

28-02-2012

The first EU macro-regional strategies are ‘pioneer’ experiments in fostering greater territorial cohesion. They do not address Cohesion Policy and its instruments alone, but aim to improve synergies with other EU policies – such as environmental policy, the integrated maritime policy and transport policy, to name just a few – in search of potential leverage effects.

The first EU macro-regional strategies are ‘pioneer’ experiments in fostering greater territorial cohesion. They do not address Cohesion Policy and its instruments alone, but aim to improve synergies with other EU policies – such as environmental policy, the integrated maritime policy and transport policy, to name just a few – in search of potential leverage effects.

EU Cohesion Policy 2014-2020: what will change

07-02-2012

In October 2011, the European Commission unveiled its proposals for EU Cohesion Policy for the 2014-2020 period, which is expected to better reflect the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and simplify the Structural and Cohesion Funds regulations.

In October 2011, the European Commission unveiled its proposals for EU Cohesion Policy for the 2014-2020 period, which is expected to better reflect the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and simplify the Structural and Cohesion Funds regulations.

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