The Small States of the EU: Economic Perspectives

Date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 
3:30 PM
To: 
5:00 PM
Venue: 
SS Conference Room 3-4

THE SMALL STATES OF THE EU: ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES

ABSTRACT:
The purpose of this presentation is mainly to describe the economic structures and economic prospects of ten European small states and to discuss the benefits or disadvantages that EU membership has offered or will offer to these states.  Country size is measured in terms of population size, and, as defined here, small states are those with a population of about three million persons or less.   According to this definition seven EU member states qualify for inclusion in this group, namely Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, and Slovenia. The book also includes two candidates for membership, namely Macedonia and Montenegro. Iceland is also included in view of the fact that it is highly integrated in the EU.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Professor Lino Briguglio possesses a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Exeter (UK) and a Special Diploma in Social Studies from the University of Oxford. He obtained his Honours and Master's degree in Economics from the University of Malta. He currently directs the Islands and Small States Insitute of the University of Malta. He was formerly head of the Economics Department and of the Banking and Finance Department, and director of the University Gozo Campus of the same University. Professor Briguglio has acted as consultant to several international organisations including the UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, CARICOM, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.  He has published various peer-reviewed studies on economic vulnerability, economic resilience, economic aspects of climate change and other economic subjects.

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