Regionalism, Multilateralism, and Economic Integration: The Recent Experience

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The Association Agreement
between the European Union and
Poland
Magnus Feldmann

Introduction

The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe marked the beginning of a complex set of political and economic processes that are generally referred to as transition. Transition in the East European context means the transformation of a one-party command economy into a democratic market-based economy including the creation of supporting institutions. Agh (1998) defines this transformation as a triple transition, comprising an economic, a political and a social part. Some observers (Mayhew, 1998) would argue that another integral part of transition for historical reasons is the reintegration with Western Europe, especially for many Central and East European countries (CEECs). The perceived end-point of this process is EU membership, which would also mean full integration into the European market and adoption of EU policies and regulations. The interaction of these two processes – transition and EU integration – creates both opportunities and tensions for the countries in transition.

This chapter focuses on one CEEC – Poland – and assesses the impact of regional integration in some new issue areas of international trade policy in the transition context. The “new issues” examined are technical barriers to trade (TBTs), food safety, public procurement, services and investment.

The focus of the chapter is on the Association Agreement (also known as the Europe Agreement) between the European Union and Poland.

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Figures vii
  • Tables viii
  • Abbreviations x
  • Foreword xiii
  • Part I - Setting the Scene 1
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • Notes *
  • References *
  • 2 - A Framework for Assessing Regional Trade Agreements: Wto-Plus 18
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  • References *
  • Part II - Case Studies in Regional Agreements 33
  • 3 - The Association Agreement Between the European Union and Poland 35
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  • References *
  • 4 - The Eu–mexico Free Trade Agreement: Assessing the Eu Approach to Regulatory Issues 62
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  • 5 - The Euro-Mediterranean Agreements 100
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  • 6 - The North American Free Trade Agreement 135
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  • 7 - The Chile–canada Free Trade Agreement 167
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  • 8 - The Closer Economic Relations Agreement Between Australia and New Zealand 202
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  • Part III - Horizontal Case Studies 225
  • 9 - Food Safety and Eco-Labelling Regulations: a Case of Transatlantic Regulatory Regionalism? 227
  • Notes 251
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  • 10 - Regulations Confronting Trade in Services 253
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  • Part IV - Conclusions 275
  • 11 - Trade in a World of Regions 277
  • Appendix 296
  • Notes 312
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  • 12 - Conclusions 314
  • Appendix 340
  • Notes 348
  • References *
  • Contributors 349
  • Index 353
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