This paper deals with two examples of macro-regions in the EU: the Benelux and the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS). Building on the distinction between “old” and “new” regionalism, it discusses some characteristics of regions in general, and of sub-integration schemes within the EU in particular. These characteristics are applied to the two regions at hand. From this application it follows that the CBSS can be regarded as a “new” region, whereas the Benelux is an “old” region with some elements from new regionalism.
The paper subsequently discusses some explanations for the emergence of macro-regions in the EU as well as the implications of this phenomenon for research on European integration.
|Publisher||The University of Latvia Press|
|Conference||European Integration and Baltic Sea Region: Diversity and Perspectives|
|Period||26/09/11 → 27/09/11|
|Other||September 26-27, 2011|
- European integration theory
- Flexible integration