Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European by Pierre BECKOUCHE, Pierre BESNARD, Hugues PECOUT

By Pierre BECKOUCHE, Pierre BESNARD, Hugues PECOUT

This atlas presents a macro-regional evaluate of the parts that encompass the ecu Union, from the Sahara to the center East, Western Balkans to eu Russia, Turkey to the Arctic. Detailing key socio-economic information in addition to developmental developments, the maps supply a finished territorial research at an area scale and discover the possibility of neighborhood integration and cooperation.These pioneering maps research demanding situations that threaten this large, but inter-connected, sector, together with environmental issues within the North, political unrest within the East, social elements within the Western Balkans, and the upheaval within the Mediterranean because the Arab spring. assurance investigates such key international locations and parts as Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria, and the Ukraine in addition to explores such crucial matters as Europe’s power procurement. moreover, it additionally provides a comparability with different global areas corresponding to East Asia and North America.In the tip, readers detect that territorial integration faces many shortcomings, yet that deep local cooperation will be a key motive force for the EU’s sustainable destiny. This atlas good points the most result of the “Integrated Territorial research of the Neighbourhoods” learn undertaking undertaken via ESPON (The eu remark community for Territorial improvement and Cohesion). It presents students; neighborhood experts and NGOs eager about cross-border cooperation; businesses drawn to strength, agriculture, water, transportation and communique; and readers with key insights into this crucial region.

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When these internal flows are excluded, the neighbourhoods appear as the main trade partner of the EU, though they remain very marginal in investment flows. 2 % of the European trade. Half of the trade toward the neighbourhoods is with Russia and other European former Soviet Republics, while the rest is dispersed among the different neighbourhoods. Human flows can be tackled from two different perspectives: airflows, which mainly take into account short-term mobility for medium and long distances, and migrations toward Europe.

Libya now faces a dramatic period that recalls the violence of its history, including during the Italian Fascist occupation. Since the 2011 war, Libyan society is still characterised by reversibility: everything is done and undone; everything is built and then falls into ruin. Everything reflects the Bedouin tent: quickly installed for a short moment in a space that never becomes a place. Nevertheless, we managed to collect some local Libyan data, all the more valuable in that we have demographic data from before and after the war, which provides interesting insights into the territorial impact of the war.

What prospective can be figured out? The neighbourhoods offer key opportunities to Europe in terms of workforce, markets and business opportunities. Energy, too, is a major field of potential cooperation and win-win opportunities with the neighbours; but it could also prove worrisome if we cannot implement collectively the energy transition –air pollution does not stop at EU borders. Moreover, Europe has to confront many challenges in its neighbourhoods: environmental risks, water scarcity, non-inclusive growth, political unrest.

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