Trade relations between the European Union and Palestine: Assessment and Potential improvements

In: Middle East Law and Governance
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  • 1 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law and Public Administration, Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine,
  • | 2 Researcher, Faculty of Law and Criminology, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium,
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This article examines the bilateral relationship between the European Union and the Palestinian Authority. The EU’s policy towards Palestine, as with other neighboring countries, has always closely linked the economic and political elements of the relationship. Besides financial aid to support Palestine’s socio-economic development and state-building, trade between the EU and Palestine has had an increasingly important role in this regard. The article reviews the possibilities for improvement of EU-Palestine trade exchanges within the existing framework of cooperation by illustrating how implementation, capacity building, and support for regional and global economic integration are key and realistic options for both parties to reap the benefits from the trade agreements in place.

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