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European Integration Studies: Research and Topicalities

Kaunas University of Technology

Subject: Economics , Law , Multidisciplinary - Social Sciences , Public Administration

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ISSN: 1822-8402
eISSN: 2335-8831

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Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Principles and Their Application in Retail Trade Enterprises in Latvia
Sustainable Local Development From Perspective of Citizens: Salaspils Municipality (Latvia) Case1

VOLUME 11 , ISSUE 11 (October 2017) - List of articles

The Pros and Cons of Integration VS. Disintegration Scenarios for Europe

STANISŁAW UMIŃSKI

The purpose of the study is to discuss the ongoing debate on the future of the EU, with reference to the scenarios formulated by the European Commission, as well as other interesting concepts, and to indicate the most probable scenario that the EU would follow. The method used in the research is studies of the scientific publications, comparison and evaluation of alternative integration scenarios and interpretation of selected legal issues related to the division of competences between the EU an(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18955

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E Pluribus Unum? The Communitarization of EU Migration, Asylum and Border Management Policies in Times of Crisis

Emiliani Tommaso

The article accounts for the emergence of an external dimension of EU internal policies and focuses on the migration, asylum and border management domains. Building on Bretherton & Vogler (2006), it assesses and explains the forms and extent of EU’s external engagement. Firstly, it assesses the degree of EU actorness – that is, the extent to which the Union has become an actor in global politics - in the researched fields in terms of opportunity, presence and capabilities. Second(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18956

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Violence Against Women in Germany and Immigrants: a Mediatized Political Communication?

TITTY VARGHESE/ LIGITA SARKUTE

Violence against women is experienced by all ages and social classes, all races, religions and nationalities. It is estimated that at least one in three women were subjected to some type of inter-personal violence over their life time (UN Security Council Resolution 1820). The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights found that in EU one in 10 women experienced some form of sexual violence since the age of 15 and, one in 20 has been raped. This article seeks to find out the role of media on (..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18957

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Time Use. Economic, Social and Health Care Aspects of Greek and European Citizens

MICHAIL PAPAILIAS

The present paper explores the significant role of the creative time use and its’ consequences as far as it concerns the economic, social and health care aspects in Greece and in European Union. The appropriate time use has been mentioned from the ancient years, but a more completely approach has been reported after the 18th century. In Greece the first “Time Use Survey” (TUS) took place by Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) between 2013-2014, but unfortunately ELSTAT is (..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18132

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Social Economy: the Potential and Challenges of Social Enterprises in Lithuania

JOLITA GREBLIKAITE/ NERINGA GERULAITIENE/ ZIVILE ZIUKAITE/ JUAN J. GARCIA-MACHADO

The paper analyses the peculiarieties of social economy, focusing the scientific attention to social enterprises and their environment in EU and, especially, Lithuania. The research problem of the paper lays upon revealing the situation and development of social entrepreneurship and social enterprises in EU and Lithuania, especially emphasizing rural areas and their peculiarities. The aim of the paper is to disclose the role of social economy and the importance of social enterprises in it, espec(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18916

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The Theoretical and Practical Challenges of European Security Community in the Context of Globalisation

VIRGINIJS KEINIS

Modern world and the inconsistent process of globalisation have given new dimensions to matters like national self-confidence, identification with a certain ethnos, traditions, symbols and history. Due to a number of factors borders have ceased to exist literally and figuratively. During the foundation and enlargement of modern Europe regional policy was mostly economically driven. It was declared that Europe has never been as prosperous, secure and free. Today we start to doubt this declaratio(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18129

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Brexit Implications for the Eu Enlargmement of the Western Balkans

GAZMEND QORRAJ/ SUADA AJDARPAŠIĆ

Most of the analyses are performed to find the impact of the EU membership on trade relations and economic impact for the EU member states. On the contrary, the Brexit is the first case to discuss and predict the exit process. In this paper we will try to analyse the Brexit with regard to the EU enlargement of the Western Balkans. The first issue addressed by this paper is: the lack of political support of Britain for the EU enlargement of the Western Balkans from now on. The paper tackles anoth(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18125

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The European Migration Crisis – Economic and Political Factors and Challenges for the Future

ALEKSANDRA BOROWICZ

Until 2014 the problem of migration was discussed primarily in the context of free movement of people and the asylum policies of selected countries. Since 2014 the European Union (EU) has been facing one of the deepest political and social crises, namely the migration crisis. The stance adopted on this issue by individual Member States has demonstrated great divergence between countries in terms of their understanding of the notion of “solidarity”. In 2015 alone, over a million migra(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18958

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Twenty Years of “Growth, Jobs And Investments” Strategy in the European Union– Macroeconomic Developments After the Maastricht Treaty

JARI KAIVO-OJA/ TEEMU HAUKIOJA/ ARI KARPPINEN

Since the creation of the EU, its focal economic objective has been to achieve economic growth and improved employment. The European Union’s present ’Growth, Jobs and Investments’ –strategy (GJI) is a recent attempt to promote these goals. Since the global economic and financial crisis the EU has been suffering from low level of investments. The purpose of this study is to assess the development of growth, employment, and investments in the Member States from 1995 to 2015(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18959

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Waiting for the Capital Market Union: the Position of Latvian Corporate Bond Market

NATALJA TOCELOVSKA

Baltic region is traditionally treated as similar and comparable when analysed on the macroeconomic level. The major difference is faced when the analysis is performed for the corporate bond market – the weight of Latvian publically traded corporate bonds among the three countries- Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia- reached 94% by the number of issues quoted. With 47 corporate bonds listed in Nasdaq Riga, Latvian corporate bond market demonstrated the rapid growth and recognition of corporate (..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18147

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The EU and Russia Shifting Away from the Economic Logic of Interdependence – an Explanation through the Complex Interdependence Theory

LOREDANA MARIA SIMIONOV/ GABRIELA CARMEN PASCARIU

In the aftermath of the Ukraine crisis, the ongoing debate concerning the best course of action that the West should take in order to better handle Russia still sparks the academia and the decision-makers. Thus, the European continent is once again divided, bringing back chills from the Cold War era. Although the current adopted measures, namely the economic sanctions on Russia’s energy and financial sectors, have undoubtedly exerted considerable pressure on the Russian economy, isolating (..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18501

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Regional cooperation within the Eastern  Partnership

MAŁGORZATA ZAJACZKOWSKI

The aim of the paper is to present and analyze the problem of cooperation between the Eastern partners of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). The problem is that current regional cooperation is insufficient and superficial what makes common arrangements impossible to attain. It resulted from weak economic relations and low level of interdependence among the Eastern partners. Moreover the biggest obstacles are looming interstate or local political or military conflicts in the Eastern Europe a(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18428

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Preferred Owners of European Gas Storage and Transmission Companies

OLGA BOGDANOVA/ ILJA AREFJEVS/ JURIJS SPIRIDONOVS

The purpose of the article is to compare actual owners of European gas storage and transmission companies with preferred ones based on experts’ assessments from the perspective of the Energy Union dimensions. Tasks of the research include explaining the topicality of the research, collecting data on owners of European gas storage and transmission companies, grouping companies in accordance with their ownership structures, obtaining expert assessments on preferred owners of the companies, (..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18247

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Opportunities and Barriers for Application of Distributed Ledgers in the Context of EU Digital Single Market Strategy

BAIBA RIVZA/ NATALIJA KOSTRIKOVA

Decentralization, on one hand, brings more transparency and trust to the parties involved in transactions, but on the other hand, it narrows possibilities for central control. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is a recent decentralized innovation in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) that acts as self-sustainable ledger for documenting transactions self-protected against counterfeiting and hacker attacks. The aim of the current research paper is to reveal opportunities(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18134

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An Exploratory Analysis of Latvian Brands Competitiveness in China

HAIDONG FENG/ JANIS PRIEDE

In the past several years, China is entering a new stage of country`s economic development. Due to these changes of foreign brands also are switching their position towards Chinese consumers. The attitudes that consumers have towards international brands have been studied in the western countries for some time now. On 6th November 2016, the 5th Summit of China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs 16+1 Cooperation) was successfully held in Riga, Latvia. On the behalf of Guidelines wh(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18913

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Efficiency Assessment Concept Model for Financial Alliances: Bancassurance in Baltic Pension Fund Management

ILJA AREFJEVS

The purpose of the article is to develop and implement an efficiency assessment concept model for financial alliances based on efficiency assessment of Bancassurance in the pension fund management in the Baltic countries. Tasks of the research include explaining the topicality, studying the Bancassurance, review of two frontier based efficiency measurement techniques - stochastic frontier analysis and data envelopment analysis and its applicability for banking, insurance and pension funds indus(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18245

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Proposals for Environmental Noise Management Boost at a National Level in the European Union Member States

ZANDA KRUKLE/ RUTA BENDERE

Environmental noise is currently becoming one of the most dominant types of environmental pollution. The effects of noise closely correlate with quality of life especially regarding the physical and psychological health of inhabitants, social and economic costs, thus impacting the sustainable development of a country. Environmental noise management, therefore, is one of the most exigent tasks for environmental pollution management. The management of noise need to be developed in a comprehensive,(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18133

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Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) implementation in the European Union: survey of Estonian certified organisations

KRISLIN KIVI/ NATALJA GURVITS

Nowadays the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is considered as one of the most credible and effective environmental management tools, which adds valuable elements to an effective environmental management system. However, the number of EMAS registered companies in Estonia remains low, therefore the authors considered it useful to reveal the main reasons of this phenomenon and determine the main obstacles and benefits of EMAS implementation. The main aim of the research was to find out p(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.17982

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Indexes as Business Environment Characterizing Instruments

VELGA VEVERE/ ROSITA ZVIRGZDINA/ IVETA LININA

Every year several world organizations evaluate countries according different criteria and determine their indexes, such as KOF Index of Globalization, Corruption Perception Index, Global Competitiveness Index, Global Innovation Index, and others. These indexes later are used for analysis of the aspects of entrepreneurship activities in specific countries. One particular application of indexes is related to analysis and evaluation of the business environment of the country. The entrepreneurship (..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18645

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Stabilization Through Institutionalization?: Institutionalization of External Relations as a Success Factor in the Reform Process

JOANNA STRYJEK

The paper aims to answer the question why the process of institutionalization of the EU’s external relations with its six neighboring countries, representing the Eastern dimension of European Neighborhood Policy (i.e., Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), has failed to perform its stabilization role. The study is analytical and descriptive in nature. Its results indicate three reasons for which the aforementioned institutionalization process has not been successful,(..)

DOI: 10.5755/j01.eis.0.11.18410

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