Economics and Policies of an Enlarged Europe

Economics and Policies of an Enlarged Europe

Carlo Altomonte and Mario Nava

Carlo Altomonte and Mario Nava have written a very rigorous text in an accessible and jargon-free style, ensuring easy acquisition of invaluable insights into the European economic set-up and the possible evolution of EU policies, including an update on the reform of the Growth and Stability Pact and of the 2007–13 Financial Perspectives.

Chapter 10: The Economic External Dimension of the Union

Carlo Altomonte and Mario Nava

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy


10.1 INTRODUCTION The Common Commercial Policy (CCP) of the European Union, together with the single currency and competition policy, is the only truly centralised policy of the Union. As such, it is also one of the most effective. The efficacy of the provisions of the CCP has in fact allowed the EU to speak with one voice in the global economic arena and, as a result, to exploit the combined bargaining power resulting from the economic weight of its members, which include some of the world’s richest countries. And yet this is not the general feeling associated with the role of the Union in the world, a role often seen as politically inadequate, or simply not significant. The reasons behind such a perception, right or wrong as it may be, are likely to be twofold, formal and substantial. From a formal point of view, the perceived limited role of the EU in the global scenario might lie in the scope of the Common Commercial Policy, which deals only with trade issues and thus, with respect to general issues of global governance, provides the Union with a limited (although relevant), set of tools. A significant political presence on the world stage would require in fact legal provisions leading to coordinated actions, not only in trade, but also in the fields of monetary governance (for the exchange rates system) and foreign policy (with the eventual support of a credible military capability). In terms of monetary governance, the legal...

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