EU Issues & Cyprus AcessionPaper Rating: Word Count: 1496 Approx Pages: 6
European Law and its impact on Cyprus due to Accession.
A Brief Survey of the European Union
With a population that is 37% of the US population and a gross domestic product that is 85% of the US GDP, the European Union (EU) offers exciting possibilities to hosiery companies looking outside US borders for new markets.
The EU consists of 15 members and has a population of about 375 million, concentrated largely in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and France. The Gross Domestic Product of the EU in 2000 was approximately $7.8 trillion, with Germany having the largest economy in the EU at 23% of the EU's GDP.
There are developments on the forefront that could benefit American companies looking to trade with the EU: deregulation in several product sectors, the start of negotiations on the eventual enlargement of the EU with 12 candidate countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia), and the introduction of the euro. Further advancement of the single market and single currency should facilitate increased trade.
Companies considering exporting to the EU should be aware of many laws that will effect distribution and sales agreements. The EU has a var