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Western European Integration

Richard Pomfret

in The Economics of Regional Trading Arrangements

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248872
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248877.003.0012
 Western European Integration

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Deals with the process of economic integration in Western Europe since the early 1950s. Section 1 analyses the origins of the EU, focusing on the customs union among the six signatories of the Treaty of Rome. Section 2 deals with the European Free Trade Association. Section 3 examines the three enlargement episodes of 1972, 1981–6, and 1995, which brought the EU up to 15 members. Section 4 analyses the deepening of the EU, centring on the 1992 programme for completing the internal market. Section 5 draws conclusions.

Keywords: customs union; economic integration; EFTA; European Union; internal market; Treaty of Rome

Chapter.  8786 words. 

Subjects: International Economics

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