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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B51/S23.117

EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE EU: FOCUS ON THE ATLANTIC REGION

D.Ciderova, D.Kovacevic
Wednesday 7 September 2016 by Libadmin2016

References: 16th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2016, www.sgem.org, SGEM2016 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-65-0 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 28 - July 6, 2016, Book5 Vol. 1, 879-886 pp

ABSTRACT

In our prior related paper titled “External Relations of the EU: Focus on the North Sea Region”, our attention was paid to the prospect of a macro-regional EU Strategy for the North Sea Region (EUSNSR) among the established EU macro-regional initiatives.
Being a northeastern arm of the Atlantic Ocean, “[t]he North Sea has had a strong influence on European history,” the online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica [8] claims, adding that “[i]ts waters have protected the British Isles from invasion from the Continent for more than a thousand years, yet the North Sea also has served as a springboard for the growth of the overseas empires of the countries bordering it.” Referring to the Atlantis (alias the legendary mighty island also known as “Atalantis” or “Atlantica” located “just beyond the Pillars of Hercules”, i.e. to the west of the Straits of Gibraltar) or Atlas (alias the “Sea of Atlas”), the S-shaped Atlantic Ocean – stretching along the western shore of Europe and Africa just like the eastern one of the Americas – has witnessed major intercontinental activity. Moreover, the North Atlantic, unlike the South Atlantic, is marked by a number of tributary seas as well as islands, and a variety of coastline.
Fulfilment of this follow-up paper’s objective is, thus, complementary to the respective paper EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE EU: FOCUS ON THE NORTH SEA REGION – now we reflect on the prospect of a macro-regional EU Strategy for the Atlantic Region (EUSATL) and it is the Atlantic Ocean context in terms of multiple dimensions associated with overlapping regional initiatives that we wish to explore further in this paper.

Keywords: European Union, geostrategy, macro-regional strategies, Atlantic Ocean, EU Strategy for the Atlantic Region (EUSATL)