Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/204154
Authors: 
Astrov, Vasily
Havlik, Peter
Holzner, Mario
Hunya, Gabor
Mara, Isilda
Richter, Sandor
Stöllinger, Roman
Vidovic, Hermine
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
wiiw Research Report No. 382
Abstract: 
Countries belonging to the European neighbourhood are highly diverse. Their diversity is multidimensional (geographical, socio-economic, political, cultural, religious, etc.) and the individual dimensions all have important implications for EU policies towards the region(s), for EU institutional relations with individual neighbourhood countries and for these countries themselves – including their competitiveness. After mapping the economic situation and the competitiveness of the countries in European neighbourhood, the paper proceeds to an analysis of the selected aspects of these countries' competitiveness The economic impacts of existing agreements between EU Member States and neighbouring countries. A simulation of various scenarios covering free trade in goods between the EU and some of its neighbours is attempted. Where possible, the effects of bilateral agreements on the growth and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Rim countries are investigated. The economic impact and the impact on competitiveness of migration and remittances flows between Rim countries and EU Member States are investigated, as is the effect these have on the labour market. Conclusions are drawn and policy recommendations made on the basis of the analysis; these cover the challenges and opportunities for the competitiveness of EU enterprises and sectors in the neighbouring countries.
Subjects: 
European Union
EU Neighbourhood
competitiveness
foreign trade
FDI
labour market
migration
remittances
JEL: 
D60
E2
F15
F21
F22
F55
Document Type: 
Research Report

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