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Trade Policy Issues for the Euro-Med Partnership. Middle East & Euro-Med Working Paper No. 7, May 2003

Brenton, Paul and Manchin, Miriam. (2003) Trade Policy Issues for the Euro-Med Partnership. Middle East & Euro-Med Working Paper No. 7, May 2003. [Working Paper]

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    The economic prospects of the Mediterranean countries are currently constrained by the lack of ambition in their relationships with each other and with their major export market, the EU. These economic relationships are limited by a lack of coverage (agriculture and services are effectively excluded), by a lack of depth (substantial technical barriers to trade remain due to differences in regulatory requirements and the need to duplicate testing and conformity assessment when selling in overseas markets), and they are limited by rules (restrictive rules of origin and lack of cumulation limit effective market access). In addition, the rest of Europe, including Turkey, is integrating at a faster pace to create a Wider European Economic Space. If nothing is done to invigorate the integration process in the Mediterranean, then the region will fall (further) behind relative to other regions on the periphery of the EU, such as the Balkans and Russia and the Ukraine.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Mediterranean/Union for the Mediterranean
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > Middle East and Euro-Med Working Papers
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2004
    Page Range: p. 29
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:20

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