A Proposal for a Flexible Europe

Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 56

23 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2000

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Bruno S. Frey

CREMA; University of Basel

Reiner Eichenberger

University of Fribourg - Faculty of Economics and Social Science; CREMA

Date Written: August 2000

Abstract

At present, new EU-members have to fully accept the "acquis communautaire" even if their economic and institutional development differs drastically from the EU-average. In contrast, we propose that there should be the possibility of partial entry into the EU. East European Countries should have the option of specifically entering with respect to functions where they expect positive net benefits. In order to enable such partial entry, a new type of jurisdiction called FOCJ (Functional, Overlapping and Competing Jurisdiction) is proposed between the EU, the CEECs, and beyond. Such FOCJ allows for partial integration based on economic efficiency and democratic rules.

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S. and Eichenberger, Reiner, A Proposal for a Flexible Europe (August 2000). Zurich IEER Working Paper No. 56. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=244401 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.244401

Bruno S. Frey (Contact Author)

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University of Basel ( email )

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Reiner Eichenberger

University of Fribourg - Faculty of Economics and Social Science ( email )

Fribourg, CH 1700
Switzerland

CREMA ( email )

Gellertstrasse 18
Basel
Zurich, CH 8006
Switzerland

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