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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2016/B51/S23.118

EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE EU: FOCUS ON THE NORTH SEA 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, 887-894 pp

ABSTRACT

In our prior related paper titled “External Relations of the EU: Focus on the Alpine Region”, our attention was paid to the most recently launched EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) among the established EU macro-regional initiatives. According to the online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica [8], waters from the Alps ultimately reach the North, Mediterranean, Adriatic, and Black seas; precisely, the Rhine – being one of the great rivers of the European continent with significance in terms of industrial transport and “a classic example of the alternating roles of great rivers as arteries of political and cultural unification and as political and cultural boundary lines” – originates in the Alps and flows into the North Sea.
The North Sea with its extensions towards the East (the Baltic Sea) and the South (the English Channel/La Manche) is as if the Mediterranean of the North of Europe: since long ago it has been a trade crossroad between complementary economies and naval powers of the Low Countries and England. It continues to represent one of the busiest seas in the world, bearing in mind the traditionally prominent role of Europe in world trade and a number of major European ports (such as Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bremen, Calais, Dunkerque, Hamburg, Rotterdam) located in the so-called “Northern Range“.
Fulfilment of this follow-up paper’s objective is, thus, complementary to the respective paper EXTERNAL RELATIONS OF THE EU: FOCUS ON THE ALPINE REGION – now we reflect on the prospect of a macro-regional EU Strategy for the North Sea Region (EUSNSR) and it is the North Sea 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, North Sea, EU Strategy for the North Sea Region (EUSNSR)