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Developing Intra-regional Exchanges through the Abolition of Commercial and Tariff Barriers / L’abolition des barrières commerciales et tarifaires dans la région de l’Océan indien

Myth or Reality? / Mythe ou réalité ?

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Edited By Stéphanie Rohlfing-Dijoux

This book is related to the development of intraregional commercial exchanges in the region of the Indian Ocean. This issue is addressed from an economic as well as from a legal point of view. The contributions, in English and French, aim to present an overview of the economic, customs-related, technical, legal and cultural restraints that hinder the creation of a free trading area.

Cet ouvrage est consacré au développement des échanges commerciaux intrarégionaux dans la région de l’Océan Indien. Cette question est examinée sous un angle politique, économique et juridique. Les différentes contributions, en anglais et en français, visent à établir un état des lieux des freins économiques, douaniers, techniques, juridiques et culturels à la création d’un espace de libre échange.

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TTIP and Free Trade Agreements between the European Union and Third Countries (Francesco Romano)

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TTIP and Free Trade Agreements between the European Union and Third Countries

Francesco ROMANO

EU is the largest economy in the world and as an entire economic area is oriented to increase its exportation in third countries. EU’s free trade policy in relation to emerging economies enables EU’s growth perspectives and the opening of new market opportunities. Free trade is one of the key drivers for the global economy growth. Therefore, the European Union has already signed various FTAs and is negotiating new agreements with other countries. The main objective is to deal with emerging countries (as well as with the ACP group). In addition, negotiations are conducted also with traditional trading partners and competitors among the industrialized countries. Currently, the European Commission is performing negotiations in Brussels with Canada and the United States, which are generating a lot of interest among consumers and businesses. The agreements allow a privileged access to the markets of the countries concerned, they are considered very positive by business organizations, while public opinion does not agree and remains skeptical.

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