Course date

10 July - 21 July, 2000
Application deadline
15 February, 2000
Course Director(s): 

Alf Vanags

Baltic International Centre for International Policy Studies, Riga, Latvia
Course Faculty: 

Todor Gradev

Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland

John Grahl

University of North London, United Kingdom

Morten Hansen

EuroFaculty, University of Latvia and Stockholm School of Economics, Riga

Yelena Kalyuzhnova

Centre for Euro- Asian Studies, University of Reading, United Kingdom

Tatyana Muravskaya

University of Latvia, Riga

Philipp Schroeder

University of Southern Denmark, Odense
The planned Eastern enlargement of the European Union represents the single most important set of economic and political challenges facing the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and of the former Soviet Union over the next decade or so. Profound effects can be expected not only in those countries of the region which are slated to become EU member-states, but also in those which are likely to remain outside for the foreseeable future. In all cases the enlargement of the EU is likely to result in substantially changed economic and political relationships.
 
The drive to eastern EU enlargement has, to date, received remarkably limited academic attention either at the level of research or at the level of university curricula. This is perhaps most true of the CEE and FSU region itself where the impact of enlargement is likely to be felt most strongly. Accordingly, a general aim of the course is to help academics, prospective academics and policy makers in the region, to identify key areas in which the enlargement process can be expected to have an impact. The course will offer an introduction to the most up-to-date theoretical framework for tackling the issues, and thereby will assist in formulating both a research agenda and the development of new course material for academics. For policymakers it will promote understanding of the policy issues based on the most recent research developments.
 
Existing research on eastern enlargement has typically concentrated on the likely impact of accession on the new members or on existing members or on both, but the impact on those countries which will be excluded has largely been ignored. For example, Baldwin, Francois and Portes in their pioneering work on the effects of an eastern enlargement, "The costs and benefits of eastern enlargement: the impact on the EU and central Europe" Economic Policy (April 1997), concentrate their discussion on the impact enlargement will have on the CEE7 and the EU.  Their formal model does contain the FSU as one of the "regions" and they note the results, but do not follow up.
 
It is increasingly clear that many countries in the region are likely to be excluded from the first wave and that some will remain excluded into the foreseeable future. Accordingly, we propose to pay explicit attention to the effects of enlargement on the excluded countries as well as the included ones. For example, an eastern enlargement will eventually extend  "euroland" to the borders of Russia and other excluded countries. What will be the impact of this on the use of the dollar as a parallel currency in the region? Or, the "new economic geography", associated with Krugman (1998) suggests that the agglomeration effects of integration may generate significant advantages to "first-movers" thereby discouraging FDI in the excluded countries.
 
The team of resource persons is a blend of Eastern and Western economists - some westerners are located in the East and some Easterners are located in the West. We think this balance is a positive feature of our team. We all understand the importance of establishing and maintaining academic networks in the region and we see this as an important function of the course.
 
Course level, target audience 
The course is intended for young academics and senior students who have at least an intermediate level understanding of basic microeconomics and macroeconomics. It would be helpful to have some background in integration theory and have an interest in teaching or developing research in the area of the EU and its impact on the economies of CEE and the FSU. We hope that the course will also prove attractive to policy makers with some relevant background by offering them an opportunity to explore and discuss some of the key policy issues facing the countries of the region.