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The EU factor in the trade policies of Central European countries, Volume 1
Author:Kaminski, Bartlomiej; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2239
Country:Europe and Central Asia; Date Stored:2001/04/25
Document Date:1999/11/30Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Rules of Origin; Payment Systems & Infrastructure; Economic Theory & Research; Trade Policy; Free Trade; Trade and Regional IntegrationLanguage:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Economic PolicyRegion:Europe and Central Asia
Report Number:WPS2239Sub Sectors:Trade
Volume No:1  

Summary: The author examines the development of foreign trade institutions and policies in Central European countries invited to negotiate their accession to the European Union. With the dismantling of state trading, conditions of market access have been dramatically liberalized. However, except for Estonia and, to a lesser extent, the Czech Republic, most Central European countries have followed a policy of bilateral rather than multilateral trade liberalization. The fall in tariff rates on preferential imports has prompted a search for non-tariff barriers, but these countries' trade regimes have remained open - which is surprising, considering the strong protectionist sentiments in economic administration. Regional disciplines (the EU factor), combined with the legacy of low tariffs under GATT commitments, appear to have been responsible for this openness. Foreign trade policy has been shaped by tensions between domestic protectionist impulses and pressures from the European Union (and other World Trade organization members) to improve conditions of market access.

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