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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

European Community and Union, Association Agreements

Jürgen Bast

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 July 2020

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Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The concept of association agreements refers to a particular group of international agreements concluded by the European Community (or now, the European Union), almost always accompanied by its Member States, on the one hand, and one or more third States, on the other. While varying considerably as regards their denominations and contents, all EC/EU association agreements aim to create privileged economic and political links with non-member countries and thus constitute an important instrument of foreign policy vis-à-vis neighbouring and other States (European...
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