The Benelux Countries: A Model of Cooperation for the Baltic States

by Imants Lieģis

1997

Imants Lieģis. The Benelux Countries: A Model of Cooperation for the Baltic States. (Benilukss – sadarbības paraugs Baltijas valstīm). - Riga: Latvian Institute of International Affairs, 1997. - 82 p.

What lessons could Latvia draw from the Benelux countries’ integration in development of cooperation with Estonia and Lithuania? Seeking an answer to this question the author, the Latvian ambassador to the Benelux countries,  offers a short history of Benelux cooperation, while at the same time differentiating between political and economic integration. The author compares Benelux to Baltic cooperation taking into account the role played by the EU in this process. A conclusion to be drawn from reading the book is that cooperation between small states not always leads to the "boulevard of broken dreams".

Lasīt latviski (pdf)