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“Free Trade Areas as a Model for Future EU-ACP Relations”

Faber, Gerrit. (1999) “Free Trade Areas as a Model for Future EU-ACP Relations”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    The FTA approach to the renewal of the Lomé Convention presents a number of questions. The first is, whether FTAs between the ACP countries and the EU will produce better results than the present system. Second, even if promising on theoretical grounds, is it likely that (groups of) ACP countries will be able to conclude viable FTAs with the EU? This paper will address the former question and provides an economic analysis of the FTA approach for the future EU-ACP relations, while limited attention will be paid to the latter question. The composition of the paper is as follows. In the second section the background for the new approach is given. The third section presents the economic theory of integration in order to explain the effectiveness of the present and the new approach. The fourth section formulates the conditions that have to be met to make FTAs successful. The fifth section addresses the question whether the new approach will work in practice. Conclusions are drawn in the sixth section.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-ACP
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2006
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21

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