Economic and Financial Challenges for Balkan and Eastern European Countries

Economic and Financial Challenges for Balkan and Eastern European Countries
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on the Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Changing World (EBEEC) in Warsaw, Poland 2018

by Marietta Janowicz-Lomott,Krzysztof Łyskawa,Persefoni Polychronidou,Anastasios Karasavvoglou

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-04-27
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN : 3030399273
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This proceedings book presents selected papers from the 10th international conference on the "Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Changing World" (EBEEC), held in Warsaw, Poland, in May 2018. In addition to discussing the latest research, it includes papers adopting a wide variety of theoretical approaches and empirical methodologies and covering a number of key areas, such as international economics, economic growth, finance and banking, insurance, healthcare, agriculture, labor and energy markets, innovation, management and marketing. In addition, the authors discuss policy instruments and best practices for the region. This book appeals to scholars and students in fields of economics and finance as well as practitioners interested in the development of the region.

Economic and Financial Challenges for Eastern Europe

Economic and Financial Challenges for Eastern Europe
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on the Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Changing World (EBEEC) in Athens, Greece, 2017

by Nicos Sykianakis,Persefoni Polychronidou,Anastasios Karasavvoglou

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2019-07-11
  • Pages : 557
  • ISBN : 3030121690
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The papers in this proceedings volume were presented at the 9th international conference “The Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Changing World” (EBEEC) held in Athens, Greece, in April 2017. They include the scientific results of research on current issues relevant for the wider area of Eastern Europe. Authors from 30 different countries develop new ideas, covering topics such as international economies, European integration, the economic crisis, macroeconomics, banking, stock markets, education, energy, innovation, and marketing. The contributions also examine the role of the economies of the Balkan and Eastern European countries in a pan-European context.

Economy, Finance and Business in Southeastern and Central Europe

Economy, Finance and Business in Southeastern and Central Europe
Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Changing World (EBEEC) in Split, Croatia, 2016

by Anastasios Karasavvoglou,Srećko Goić,Persefoni Polychronidou,Pavlos Delias

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2018-05-02
  • Pages : 903
  • ISBN : 3319703773
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This volume comprises papers presented at the 8th international conference “The Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Changing World” (EBEEC) held in Split, Croatia in 2016. The papers cover a wide range of current issues relevant for the whole of Eastern Europe, such as European integration, economic growth, labour markets, education and tourism. Written by experienced researchers in the field of economic challenges for Eastern Europe, the papers not only analyse recent problems, but also offer policies to resolve them. Furthermore, they offer insights into the theoretical and empirical foundations of the economic processes described. The proceedings of the conference appeals to all those interested in the further economic development of the Balkan and Eastern European countries.

Economic Crisis in Europe and the Balkans

Economic Crisis in Europe and the Balkans
Problems and Prospects

by Anastasios Karasavvoglou,Persefoni Polychronidou

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2013-07-22
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 3319004948
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The economies of the European countries are still in recession, the development process is at a standstill, companies are facing financial difficulties, and the EU’s monetary policy is tight and focused on lowering inflation. The fiscal problems and high debt levels of the northern European countries are of great importance, and they are the consequences of both the European economy’s structural characteristics and the EU’s policies. The economic area of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Black Sea countries is also vital, due to its special economic characteristics. The effects of the economic crisis on this particular area are catalytic, while the prospects for recovery are doubtful. The present book deals with the key aspects of the economic crisis in Europe, especially focusing on southeast Europe and the Balkans. The consequences of the crisis in these countries are analyzed and suggestions for how to address the crisis are outlined.

Globalization, Southeastern Europe, and the World Economy

Globalization, Southeastern Europe, and the World Economy
A Book

by Fikret Causevic

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-02-11
  • Pages : 190
  • ISBN : 1317569369
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book explores the key economic issues facing Southeastern Europe and Bosnia and Herzegovina, within the context of the serious challenges that the global economy has faced in recent years. The book combines rigorous analysis of the issues faced by the region with a constructive approach to identifying solutions for a positive future trajectory. The book starts by exploring the economic challenges facing the world economy both before and during the global economic crisis. The second part of the volume focuses on south-eastern Europe, and especially on the Western Balkans, assessing the best ways of achieving a positive economic future for small open economies in the region. The final part of the volume examines the economic challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final section examines the economic challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, arguing that it is most useful to view the country within the context of the regional and global economies. The book will be extremely useful for scholars working on European Economics, transition economics, and the global economy and the financial crisis.

The EU's Eastward Enlargement

The EU's Eastward Enlargement
Central and Eastern Europe's Strategies for Development

by Yoji Koyama

  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Release : 2014-12-09
  • Pages : 428
  • ISBN : 9814602477
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Owing to the global financial crisis of 2007–2009 and subsequently the Eurozone crisis, the accession of Central and Eastern European countries to the European Union and the Eurozone has not been an easy one. The EU's Eastward Enlargement analyses challenges that these countries currently face in their pursuit of economic self-reliance. Covering a period from the second half of the 1980s to the present, Yoji Koyama provides unique and objective analyses of the European Union and the Euro system from a non-European's perspective. He offers a detailed reexamination of the fundamental problems of the European Union, which in turn have affected the autonomous development of countries such as Poland, the former Yugoslavia, Albania, and the Baltic States. This book is a useful addition to the scholarship available on the Euro system and Central and Eastern European countries. It will help readers gain a more holistic understanding of the ongoing Eurozone crisis and the future of the Eurozone project. Contents:PrefaceAcknowledgmentList of TablesList of FiguresIntroductionPart I System Change and Economic Transformation:System Change in Central and Eastern European Countries and Their EU IntegrationPoland's Economic DevelopmentPart II The Western Balkans and the EU's Southeastward Enlargement:Problems Regarding Kosovo's IndependenceAn Overview of South Eastern EuropeCroatia's EU Accession: The Second Greece?Serbia's Transition with 10 Years Lag and the European IntegrationA Thorny Path of Economic Development: Case of MacedoniaAlbania's Way to EU Accession and Its ChallengesPart III The Global Financial Crisis and the Eurozone Crisis:Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on the Baltic States: Focus on LatviaSlovenia's Success Story and Its PitfallEurozone Crisis and New EU Member States from Central and Eastern EuropeConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Author Readership: Postgraduates who are interested in development economics and international relations; businessmen who are keen on venturing into Central and East Europe, and professionals interested in literature on the European Union. Key Features:Presents history of the Central and Eastern Europe in the late 20th century beyond a political economic view and with a focus on international relationsGrasps Central and Eastern Europe as ‘a group of small countries’ and their strategies for survival and developmentFocus on the Western Balkan countries and the Baltic states helps widen scholarship on the EU and its wider implications on the continentKeywords:Central and Eastern Europe;EU Accession;;Eurozone Crisis;Small Countries;Western Balkans;Croatia;Greece;Albania;Expansion of EU MembershipReviews: "The author spent some years in former Yugoslavia, met and talked to numerous people in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, which gave him a unique opportunity to analyze its development. This is an excellent book describing a rather remote part of the world and analyzing a not too well-known development." Joze Mencinger Professor Emeritus, University of Ljubljana Former deputy prime minister of Slovenia "Yoji Koyama's treatise on the EU's Eastward Enlargement (EEE)... shed[s] a great deal of useful light on regional economic heterogeneity. His book provides a lucid overview of the CEEC's (Central and Eastern European Countries) post-Soviet economic systemic changes and transformations. Koyama's motive for writing EEE is his 'desire to see (the creation of) peaceful and prosperous small countries of CEEC'. He rigorously pursues this goal drawing on his vast CEEC and Balkan experiences by critically analyzing systemic flaws and offering insightful solutions ... The dream of the greater EU project remains, but could swiftly be transformed into a nightmare if Koyama's sage advice is ignored." The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies “EEE is a treasure trove of statistics and charts documenting CEEC, West Balkan, Baltic and Slovenia economic performance, accompanied by a rich narrative describing policies, shocks, adjustments and reforms, allowing readers to compare the experiences of EU and non-EU members, and assess the problems associated with the Euro.” The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies “I can recommend the book to all those interested in the EU and its enlargement, to academics, businessmen, the general public in all the Western Balkan countries as well as to those from countries which joined the EU after the fall of the Berlin wall. The author has not only read extensively on the issues, but has also spent a lot of time in the region. His interpretations have a touch of 'hands on' experience which makes the book even more interesting and provocative.” Croatian International Relations Review

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans

Public Policy Making in the Western Balkans
Case Studies of Selected Economic and Social Policy Reforms

by Margo Thomas,Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2014-10-28
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN : 9401793468
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Developing and ‘transition’ economies face myriad challenges in their attempts to achieve and maintain political stability and foster the economic growth essential for national security, the social well-being of current citizens and sustainable environments for future generations. Governments in the Western Balkans have striven to achieve all of the above, and this volume assesses the nature of their experiences as well as the level of their success in doing so. Featuring detailed case studies of public policy reforms in the region as well as comparative analysis on a range of indicators, the book analyzes the role of key players in setting the political agenda as well as implementing policy reforms. It also distils the lessons that can be learned from the Western Balkan experience, recommending strategies for enhancing the policy making process. In addition, it examines the developmental role played by the full spectrum of policy actors, including the private sector, NGOs, special interest groupings, international financial institutions, donor nations and the EU. Each case study has been prepared by academics with deep knowledge and experience of the western Balkans and addresses a core set of questions: identifying the policy issue and its broader context, defining the roles of specific individuals in formulating policy and reform and assessing the influence of networks and coalitions in the policy making process. With so little detailed literature on public policy making in a group of nations strategically positioned between Europe, Russia and the near East, the detailed insights provided by this volume will be widely welcomed. Our book provides case studies of specific public policy reform episodes in selected Western Balkan post-conflict and transition countries. The focus of these case studies extends beyond the technical aspects and entails substantive examination of the policy actors, constituencies and politics that ultimately shape the policy that emerges from the policy making process. This analysis draws lessons for strengthening the quality of policies, the transparency, consistency, and governance of the policy making process and ultimately for contributing to economic and social development of the region.

Banking Reforms in South-East Europe

Banking Reforms in South-East Europe
A Book

by Zeljko Sevic,Željko Šević

  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release : 2002
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Banking Reforms in South-East Europe gives a critical and detailed overview of banking system restructuring in the transitional countries of South-Eastern Europe - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania and Yugoslavia - and offers suggestions for future reforms. The book opens with a comparison of the experiences of Central European advanced transitional economies with those of the Balkan countries. Proposals are put forward for ways in which positive aspects of the Central European experience can be applied to banking reform in the Balkans. The authors examine the importance of regional collaboration for the overall economic and social transition in the region, and consider whether it can facilitate the next stage of banking reform. They also analyse the results of currency board arrangements as a possible alternative to classical central banking, using the experiences of Bulgaria, Bosnia and the Yugoslav Republic of Montenegro. The book concludes with an analysis of the experience of individual economies and consists of a number of country-specific banking studies, covering all the transitional economies of South-East Europe. The book will be of great interest to both scholars of transition economies and policymakers in finance and financial institutions.

Recent FDI Trends, Policies and Challenges in South-East European Countries

Recent FDI Trends, Policies and Challenges in South-East European Countries
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by Gábor Hunya

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 49
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Stabilizing and Integrating the Balkans

Stabilizing and Integrating the Balkans
Economic Analysis of the Stability Pact, EU Reforms and International Organizations

by Paul J.J. Welfens

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2001-04-10
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN : 9783540417750
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The complex challenge of economic recovery and reconstruction in the Balkans is looked at in this book. The Balkan Stability Pact stands for a networked approach of international organizations to deal with these problems. This analysis critically looks into strategies, actors, and preliminary results. There are shortcomings and inconsistencies and there is some potential for transatlantic conflicts over the issue of burden sharing. There is also a risk of EU imperial overstretch facing eastern and south-eastern EU enlargement.

Global, Regional and Local Perspectives on the Economies of Southeastern Europe

Global, Regional and Local Perspectives on the Economies of Southeastern Europe
Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on the Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries (EBEEC) in Bucharest, Romania, 2019

by Alexandra Horobet,Lucian Belascu,Persefoni Polychronidou,Anastasios Karasavvoglou

  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release : 2020-12-12
  • Pages : 365
  • ISBN : 3030579530
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book includes papers presented at the 11th International Conference “Economies of the Balkan and Eastern European Countries” (EBEEC), held in Bucharest, Romania, in May 2019. It sheds new light on the micro- and macroeconomic developments in the Eastern European and Balkan countries, while at the same time taking into account the broader regional and global factors influencing these developments. By examining how the decisions and the performance of economic, social and political actors in the region are intertwined with wider regional and global events, the contributions highlight the dynamic development in Eastern Europe and the Balkans region. Further, the book demonstrates how the region has overcome numerous challenges in the past and is evolving within the framework of European economic integration and the global effervescent economy.

The Economies of the Balkan and Eastern Europe Countries in the Changed World

The Economies of the Balkan and Eastern Europe Countries in the Changed World
A Book

by Anastasios G. Karasavvoglou

  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release : 2011-01-18
  • Pages : 485
  • ISBN : 1443828319
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The rapid changes in the economic and political climate of the Balkan and the Black Sea countries demand continuous adjustments in the mixture of the implemented economic policy in the area. Under this framework, there is a special interest to investigate the impact of the global economic reality in these economies, the importance of their integration in the European Union, as well as the foundation of various regional organizations that host many countries of the specific area. Taking into consideration the current developments within the European Union, the economic crisis that strikes the peripheral EU countries and the dispute over the credibility of the euro currency, economists need to enhance the effectiveness of regional development, to underline the value of FDI and entrepreneurship of the countries of the Balkan and the Black Sea, to assist the bank sector in order to support the level of productivity, to control the financial flows with the help of auditing structures and to exploit human recourses in order to achieve economical reforms in these countries. The current volume approaches, among others, the above matters and aspires to contribute to the further investigation of the possibilities and the perspectives of the economies of the region.

European Problems - Challenges of the European Union

European Problems - Challenges of the European Union
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by Alexander Nikolov

  • Publisher : GRIN Verlag
  • Release : 2008-11
  • Pages : 28
  • ISBN : 3640214781
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject Business economics - Economic Policy, grade: 1,6, Berlin School of Economics, course: Studiengang International Management, Kurs Regional Studies, 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Europe has always been a region of immense historical importance and uproar. Comprising numerous different, sometimes even competing and fighting nations, Europe forms an ethnically, culturally and socially diversified continent. For centuries, it has therefore been a place of wars, revolutions and migration, as well as a well-spring of cultural imprint, Christianity and philosophy. The last century, shaped by two world wars and the Cold War, entailed a devastated and separated Europe. However, with Germany and France - two traditional arch-enemies - realizing that cooperation is better than warfare, the first milestone towards what was to become the European Union was laid. Today the Union consists of 27 member states, implying almost 500 million inhabitants. As a matter of fact, the creation of the EU itself has been a revolutionary act never encountered before in history, as several sovereign countries agreed on the long-term target of the generation of a common region of unitary legislation. Enumerating the advantages and opportunities resulting for economy, societies and individuals in the EU, one always has to take into consideration the serious challenges the formation of the Union poses to the particular member states and to their inhabitants.

EU Enlargement and its Impact to the Western Balkans

EU Enlargement and its Impact to the Western Balkans
A Book

by Elton Tota

  • Publisher : Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH
  • Release : 2019-08-21
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN : 3832549641
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The aim of this book is to highlight the relationship between the EU and the Western Balkan countries in light of their EU membership perspective and the impact that the EU Enlargement of Central and Eastern European countries at the beginning of the twenty first century has given to the Western Balkans. The book presents, in depth, the dual relationship between the EU and the Western Balkans. On the one hand it displays the continuous EU role in the Western Balkans, in particular in issues such as: the EU accession criteria; the EU approach and enlargement strategy; the visa liberalization process; the Stabilization and Association Process; the Stabilization and Association Agreements; instruments of financial assistance; the EU role in restoring and keeping peace and stability and in increasing the regional cooperation among the Western Balkans countries. On the other hand, it presents and analyses the progress the Western Balkans have achieved and the challenges faced such as: initially with the implementation of the bilateral Free Trade Agreements and then the regional Free Trade Agreement and the Stabilization and Association Agreements; nature and effects of these agreements in developing markets, in increasing trade exchanges among the Western Balkans countries; the progress each country has made toward lasting growth and in fulfilling the criteria of the EU integration process. The book reflects the regional approach of EU towards those countries while differentiating the individual progress in each country. This gives the book an interdisciplinary character. The latest enlargement experiences of the EU are used as a comparison for the current EU policy towards Western Balkans, while confirming a clear integration perspective for the region.

The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being

The European Social Model and an Economy of Well-being
Repairing the Social Fabric of European Societies

by Giovanni Bertin,Giuseppe Moro

  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Release : 2021-02-26
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1800378076
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This timely book critically examines the European Social Model as a contested concept and concrete set of European welfare and governance arrangements. It offers a theoretical and empirical analysis of new economic models and existing European investment strategies to address key issues within post-Covid-19 Europe.

Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Midst of the Global Economic Crisis

Balkan and Eastern European Countries in the Midst of the Global Economic Crisis
A Book

by Anastasios Karasavvoglou,Persefoni Polychronidou

  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release : 2012-07-26
  • Pages : 174
  • ISBN : 3790828734
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The world is changing rapidly. The global economic crisis has called into question the political decisions that have been made by all countries for decades and has led to a re-formulation of tools and aims. Adjustments to the new situation are necessary and entail considerable economic and social costs. The Balkan and Black Sea area is an important reference point for the European and global economy. Accordingly, the study of the economic development in the area is of great interest, engaging politicians and scientists alike. Under this framework, the matter of the relation between the area’s countries and the E.U., the role of the banking system and the importance of the primary sector of the economy as an important developmental factor for the countries’ economies are of great importance.​

Prevention and Management of Soil Erosion and Torrential Floods

Prevention and Management of Soil Erosion and Torrential Floods
A Book

by Milutinovi?, Slobodan,Živkovi?, Snežana

  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release : 2021-12-31
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN : 1799884619
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Soil erosion and torrential floods, as destructive processes, have serious implications on the economy, society, and environment. The severity of torrential floods lies in their sudden occurrence and high intensity, and hence, the defense against torrential floods is very complex and demanding. Much remains to be discovered about soil erosion and torrential floods prevention, management, legislation, practices, and solutions worldwide. Thus, a better understanding of various prevention and management developments on soil erosion and torrential floods across different contexts is needed to assess their impact on sustainability, especially in the changed climate conditions. Prevention and Management of Soil Erosion and Torrential Floods investigates the problems of erosion and torrential floods and opportunities for the prevention, management, and control of these destructive processes. It highlights the importance of the prevention and management practices of soil erosion and torrential floods with respect to the exchange of knowledge and best practices. Covering topics such as dam maintenance, wind erosion, and natural disasters, it is ideal for environmentalists, environmental engineers, crisis response specialists, policymakers, government officials, academicians, students, experts, practitioners, and researchers in the fields of soil erosion, torrential flood, environmental protection, sustainable development, engineering, and management.

The Eurozone Enlargement

The Eurozone Enlargement
Prospect of New Eu Member States for Euro Adoption

by Yoji Koyama

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016-02-01
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN : 9781634843638
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In May 2004, eight countries of Central and Eastern Europe were admitted to the European Union (EU). In January 2007, Romania and Bulgaria, and in July 2013, Croatia were admitted to the EU. These new EU member states (NMS) are not given the right to opt out as the UK and Denmark have, and they are obligated to adopt the Euro. Among eleven new member states, five countries adopted the euro: first Slovenia (2007), followed by Slovakia (2009), Estonia (2011), Latvia (2014) and Lithuania (2015). This book considers the problems of the Eurozone Enlargement by reviewing the experiences of NMS which have adopted the Euro and considering prospects of NMS which have not yet adopted the Euro. The book is divided into two parts. Part One mainly deals with NMS which have already adopted the Euro and takes a closer look at their experiences. Chapter One explains the evolution and the current situation of the EMU in order to get an overall picture of the Eurozone. Chapter Two discusses Slovenias experiences of the euro adoption and its lessons. Chapter Three discusses the experiences of Slovakia which adopted the euro in January 2009 exhibiting, in contrast to Slovenia, a favorable performance. Although having seriously suffered from the 2008 global financial crisis, the Baltic States have recovered quickly. Chapter Four discusses what kind of lessons could be drawn from the experiences of the Eurozone NMS, focusing on Latvia and Slovakia. Part Two deals with the NMS which have not adopted the Euro yet, but are expected to. Chapter Five not only discusses Polands prospects for Euro adoption but also serves as an introduction to Part Two as a whole. It deals with not only the criteria which should be met by prospective Eurozone member NMS (i.e. explicit Maastricht convergence criteria), but also the criteria of implicit and substantial convergence (i.e. The Czech Republic and Slovakia maintaining close economic relations in spite of their separation in 1993). Slovakia adopted the Euro in January 2009 while the Czech Republic has not yet adopted it. Chapter Six discusses the current situation and challenges of the Czech Republic in comparison with Slovakia. Chapter Seven analyses the Hungarian situation both from a perspective of a comparison with other CEE countries, and from a historical perspective of its long-term transition process. Chapter Eight considers challenges facing Croatia, which has an industrial structure quite similar to Greece. Among prospective Eurozone member states, Romania is the only one country which has its target date for Euro-adoption of January 1, 2019. Chapter Nine considers Romanias current situation and its challenges. Chapter Ten discusses challenges facing Bulgaria, which has maintained the currency board system. Although the Western Balkan countries are not discussed directly, this book has important implications for them. The authors of the book include five economists from Central Eastern Europe and three economists from Japan. This book is a product of international academic cooperation between Europe and Asia.

Correcting External Imbalances in the European Economy

Correcting External Imbalances in the European Economy
A Book

by Doris Hanzl,Michael A. Landesmann

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2016
  • Pages : 43
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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European Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Balkan Accession

European Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Balkan Accession
Conditionality, legitimacy and compliance

by Gergana Noutcheva

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2012-07-26
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1136306196
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Balkan countries have responded differently to the EU’s conditional offer of membership. This book examines the diverging compliance patterns of the Balkan accession states and asks why some of them have complied substantially, some only partially and others have defied the EU. The book examines the compliance of the Balkan states with the EU accession conditionality, arguing that the variation in the compliance behavior of Balkan governments hinges on three main factors – the legitimacy of the EU conditions as seen domestically in the accession states, the costs of compliance and the EU’s ability and willingness to use its superior power resources to impose compliance when faced with domestic defiance. Placing important events from the most recent political history of the Balkans in a broader historical perspective, the author evaluates the successes and failures of the EU’s state building policies in the Balkans, a geographical area of the highest priority for the EU’s foreign policy and a test case for the EU’s capacity and willingness for foreign policy action. Based on detailed empirical data, European Foreign Policy and the Challenges of Balkan Accession will be of interest to scholars and students of EU and comparative politics, and those focusing on policy impact in EU integration.