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The Eu and the Economies of the Eastern European Enlargement

Alberto Quadri Curzio - Marco Fortis Physica Verlag - 2008

The enlargement ot the the European Union towards the East from May 2004 has generated an increase of about 100 million inhabitants in the EU population, and has especially brought along major challenges and important opportunities both for the "new" countries and for the "old" member states. That is the main focus of this volume, which is divided into three sections. The first analyses the effects of the enlargement on the functioning of Community institutions, on the relations with the other Eastern European countries, and finally on regional and global economic dynamics; the second section analyses in detail the role of the monetary politics of the European Central Bank and the activities of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and the third deals with the importance of the entrepreneurial class in ensuring the success of the transition process of the Eastern European economies. Contents The EU-27 Integration and Economic Relationships with the East: An Introductory Analysis A.Q. Curzio and M. Fortis Part I Coperation, Integration, and Enlargement of Europe The Economic Goals of the Enlargement and the Challenges to the 27 EU Countries P. Guerrieri “Great Europe”: A Pan-European Perspective on the Future of Europe P. Garonna and Y. He Trade and Foreign Direct Investment: Italy, Germany, and the New Europe G. Giovannetti and F. Luchetti Integrating the Balkans with the European Union M. Uvalic Part II European Banking Institutions and Eastern Europe The European Central Bank, Italy, and the Integration of Eastern Europe G. Tumpel-Gugerell The Role of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the Transition of the Banking and Financial Systems F. Saccomanni Part III Enterprises and Economy in the Transition Process The importance of Entrepreneurship for Democratic Development in Central and Eastern Europe O. Pfirrmann East–West European Integration: Patterns of Catching-Up and Labour Market Implications M.A. Landesmann Trade and Foreign Direct Investments: The Point of View of Central Eastern European Countries M. Ferrazzi and D. Revoltella The European Enterprise of General Interest: A Tool for Balanced Development D. Velo List of Authors