Overcoming Fragmentation in Southeast Europe (Urban and by Panayiotis Getimis, Grigoris Kafkalas

By Panayiotis Getimis, Grigoris Kafkalas

With the growth of the eu Union, the nations of Southeast Europe have ultimately been introduced jointly inside of one socio-political entity. The restructuring of those economies following globalization and neoliberalization has intended that this zone has turn into even more open to geopolitical shifts and trends.While a few of the international locations have all entered into the gradual means of ecu integration, the historical fragmentation of this quarter has resulted in a variety of conflicts and contradictions within the restructuring and transition of nationwide economies. This quantity offers a theoretical and comparative review which examines the customers for spatial unity during this area. With the necessity to deal with persisting difficulties and conflicts from the earlier whereas dealing with new monetary and political constructions, Southeast Europe proves to be a hard but fruitful trying out floor for the way top to beat fragmentation and identify a long term strategy of social and fiscal integration.

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The general context concerning the development and integration prospects of Southeast Europe is shaped by major external driving forces consisting of the international cooperation initiatives and interests which mostly proceed with the active involvement of the governments of the region. The chapter provides an overview of the present situation with regard to transport infrastructure, examining in particular, the main features and problems, and discusses the overall strategic framework and the formulation of strategic priorities for the development of transport infrastructure in the area.

The Western Balkans represents the non-EU territory of SEE and constitutes a particular challenge to the EU to demonstrate its power of transformation in a region where states are weak and societies divided. A convincing political perspective for An Introductory Overview of Main Themes 11 eventual integration into the EU is crucial to keep their reforms on track (Kaminski 2003). At the Thessaloniki European Council in June 2003 an ‘Agenda for the Western Balkans’ which includes an enrichment of the current SAP through the provision of new European Integration Partnerships was adopted.

The breakdown between strands will depend on decisions by the Member States. htm (original in colour). An Introductory Overview of Main Themes 21 The Integration/Fragmentation and Spatial Development Landscapes in Southeast Europe: a Review of the Contributions The four contributions of the part 2 of the book deal with the various forces, structures and trends shaping the integration and fragmentation landscape in Southeast Europe. The aim of this effort is to elaborate on such themes as: the interaction between external and internal forces at various geographical levels, the national trajectories of transition and the role of territorial governance in the construction of a multitier Southeast Europe; the Europeanization process and the scope and character of the many international and regional cooperation initiatives; the flows and trends of investments and industrial location patterns; and the prospects of spatial integration perceived by one of the most developed regions in the area.

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