European Economic Area

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: The European Economic Area of the Western Civilisation. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the European Economic Area of the Western Civilisation
  2. Influence of Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism) on the European Economic Area
  3. The European Economic Integration of the Western Christian Civilisation (Economic Organisations, Trade Agreements)
    1. The European Union (EU)
      1. The European Union: The largest single market in the World
      2. The International Relations of the European Union (EU)
      3. The EU interactions with the other civilisations
    2. The European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  4. Other economic institutions in Europe

The aims of the Subject “The European Economic Area” are the following:

  1. To define the characteristics of the European Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation
  2. To analyse the influence of Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism) on the European Economic Area
  3. To know the economic profile of the European Countries
  4. To understand the processes of the European economic integration of the Western Civilisation
  5. To explore the economic relations with the other civilisations (Sinic, Hindu, Islamic, African, and Buddhist) and other areas of the Western Christian Civilisation (Latin America, the United States)
  6. To analyse the main economic organisations related to the European Economic Area
The Subject “The European Economic Area (Western Civilisation)” is studied...
  1. Masters: European Union, International Business, Economic Relations
  2. Doctorates (e-learning): Europe, Religions and Business
  3. Course: EFTA States, Introduction to the EU

Learning materials in English or Spanish Civilización Europa French Civilisation Europe Portuguese Civilização Européia

  1. Credits of the Subject “The European Economic Area”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

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Subjects related to “The European Economic Area.”

1- Introduction to the European Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation

  1. Characterisation of the European Economic Area
  2. The Economic Profile of the region

2- Christianity in Europe

Christianity in Europe

  1. Catholicism in Europe
  2. Protestantism in Europe
  3. Anglicans
  4. Judaism and Agnosticism in Europe

3- The Economic Integration in Europe of the Western Christian Civilisation (Economic Organisations, Trade Agreements)

The European Union.

The European Union

  1. The economic profile of the European Union (EU) countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom (BREXIT), Romania, and Sweden
  2. The BREXIT
  3. Amancio Ortega, one of the richest men in the world

Course European Union and Institutions (PDF)

 The institutions of the European Union

  1. The European Commission
  2. The European Parliament
  3. The European Council
  4. The European Economic and Social Committee
  5. The Court of Justice
  6. The European Investment Bank
  7. The Committee of the Regions
  8. The Court of Auditors
  9. The Decentralised Agencies

The European Single Market

Course European Single Market (PDF)

  1. The European Single Market
  2. The Services Directive of the EU
  3. The Digital Single Market
  4. The Taxation System
  5. The European Economic and Monetary Union
  6. The European Central Bank
  7. The European Customs Union

Course Foreign Policy of the EU (PDF)

  1. The European Foreign Policy
  2. The European External Action Service

International Economic Relations of the European Union

  1. The European Union Enlargement
  2. The European Union's Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
  3. The Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU
  4. The Foreign trade of the European Union
  5. The Export to the European Union

EU Trade Agreements (course)

Interactions of the EU with the other civilisations.

  1. The EU with other economic areas of the Western Civilisation:
    1. Europe (Non-EU)
      1. The European Economic Area (with the EFTA)
      2. The Central European Initiative (CEI)
      3. The European Neighbourhood Policy
        1. The Black Sea Synergy
        2. The European Union and the South Caucasus
        3. The European Union and the Western Balkans
        4. The Eastern Partnership
    2. Latin America. Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with the Andean Community, the MERCOSUR, Chile, Mexico, Central America, and the CARIFORUM
    3. North America.
      1. The United States. The relationships between the European Union and the United States. The future Free trade agreement (FTA)
      2. EU-Canada CETA Trade Agreement
  2. The EU with the African Civilisation
    1. The EU-Africa Strategic Partnership
    2. The Cotonou Agreement (Association European Union-Africa)
    3. The Association Agreement European Union-Algeria
    4. Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with Ivory Coast, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, and Cameroon
  3. The EU with the Islamic Civilisation
    1. The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED)
    2. The Agadir Agreement
    3. The European Union-Turkey Customs Union
    4. Free Trade Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Jordan, Lebanon...
  4. The EU with the Orthodox Civilisation:
    1. Relationships between the European Union and Russia
    2. Trade Agreements with Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine
  5. The EU with the Hindu Civilisation:
    1. The European Union-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  6. The EU with the Sinic Civilisation:
    1. Relationships between the European Union and China
    2. FTA with South Korea
  7. Other Inter-Civilisations agreements:
    1. FTA with the ASEAN
    2. The Asia-Europe Economic Meeting (ASEM)
    3. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) (The EU is an observer of the SAARC)

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

  1. The Economic Profile of the European Free Trade Association countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
  2. EFTA's Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
    1. The Middle East: The Gulf Cooperation Council, Jordan, Lebanon
    2. Africa: Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
    3. Asia: Singapore, India, South Korea, the Philippines
    4. America: Canada, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Central America
    5. Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine

Other Economic Institutions in Europe.

  1. The Council of the Baltic Sea States
  2. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  3. The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)

Map of the European economic integration of the Western Civilisation.

Europe Free Trade Agreements

Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

Christianity in Europe

Description of the Subject: The European Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation.

Europe is mainly composed of Christian Countries (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox).

The European Countries that are part of the European Economic Area of the Christian Western Civilisation:

  1. Member States of the European Union (EU) with Catholic or Protestant majorities: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the United Kingdom (BREXIT) and Sweden
  2. The EFTA States: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland
  3. Other European Countries: Andorra, Monaco, and San Marino

Civilisations and Economic Integration

Germany is the Central State of the European Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation, while France and the United Kingdom (until Brexit) have a significant influence.

The European Union is the largest trading bloc in the World (19% of the total world trade).

The European Countries that are not part of the European Economic Area of the Western Christian Civilisation are:

  1. Countries with Orthodox majorities of the European Union (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Romania) are integrated economically in the European Area of the Western Christian Civilisation, but from a cultural, religious and historical point of view fit better with the Orthodox Civilisation
  2. Other European Countries with Orthodox majorities (Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Macedonia, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine) and consider as part of the Orthodox Civilisation
  3. The European Countries with Muslim majorities (Albania -62% Muslim-, Azerbaijan, Turkey) consider them as members of the Islamic Civilisation

Samples - Christian Civilisation

European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

European Union-Turkey Customs Union

Amancio Ortega

European Union Enlargement

European Union-Chile Free Trade Agreement

Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA)



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