European Economic Area

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

The Module: “The European Economic Area of the Western Civilisation” consists of four parts:

  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 (institutions, agreements)
    1. The European Union (EU)
      1. The European Union: The largest single market in the World
      2. 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 Module “The European Economic Area (Christian Western)” is studied...
  1. Masters: European Union, International Business, Economic Relations
  2. Doctorates (e-learning): Europe, Religions and Business
  3. Course: EFTA Countries, Introduction to the EU

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

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

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The aims of the Module “The European Economic Area” are:

  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 institutions related to the European Economic Area

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 (Institutions, agreements)

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, Romania, and Sweden
  2. Foreign trade of the European Union
  3. European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  4. European Investment Bank (EIB)
  5. Amancio Ortega, one of the richest men in the world

International Relationships of the European Union (EU).

  1. European Union Enlargement
  2. European Union's Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
  3. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) of the EU

Interactions of the EU with the other civilisations.

  1. The EU with other economic areas of the Western Civilisation:
    1. Europe (Non EU)
      1. European Economic Area (with the EFTA)
      2. Central European Initiative (CEI)
      3. European Neighbourhood Policy
        1. 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. The United States. The relationships between the European Union and the United States. The future Free trade agreement (FTA)
  2. The EU with the African Civilisation
    1. Strategic Partnership EU-Africa
    2. Cotonou Agreement (Association European Union-Africa)
    3. 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. Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED)
    2. 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. 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. Asia-Europe Economic Meeting (ASEM)
    3. 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 economics Institutions in Europe.

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

Module Description: 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 and Sweden
  2. EFTA countries: 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 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.

  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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