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"The European Union in Southeast Asia: Missing the Boom?" (Evaluation of a rescue attempt by the European Commission).

Erdmann-Keefer, Vera. (1995) "The European Union in Southeast Asia: Missing the Boom?" (Evaluation of a rescue attempt by the European Commission). In: UNSPECIFIED, Charleston, South Carolina. (Unpublished)

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    The Commission of the European Communities published a first policy paper "Towards a New Asia Strategy," in July 1994. The paper has since been approved by the Council in principle. It is aimed at "strengthening the European economic presence in Asia in cooperation with the member states and the private sector but it also suggests "subjects for political discussion." The publication of this paper is to be seen in the context of at least three important developments. First, the rapid economic growth in Asia, termed "miracle" in a recent World Bank Report; second the general mood that Europe is missing out on this "boom," being surpassed by Japan and the U.S. as major influences in the region; and third the ratification of the Treaty of European Union (TEU) with its new potential for the development of a Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Under these conditions, the European Commission threw its hat in the ring by proposing a "New Asia Strategy." The proposal was published on July 13, just two weeks before the Post-Ministerial Conferences (PMC), the meeting of ASEAN ministers with their dialogue partners, in Bangkok on July 26. This paper is aimed at evaluating the Commission's strategy and its prospects for implementation by taking a look at the institutions and decision making procedures at hand to carry out this policy.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Asia-general > East and Southeast Asia
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1995 (4th), May 11-14, 1995
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 11
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45

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