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EMU STRATEGIES: LESSONS FROM PAST EXPERIENCE IN VIEW OF EU ENLARGEMENT

Theodoros S. Papaspyrou

Bank of Greece, Economic Research Department

ABSTRACT

This paper, after reviewing briefly the early steps of European monetary integration and key elements of the EMU project as reflected in the Treaty of Maastricht, analyses the monetary integration strategy and convergence experience of member states, in particular that of Greece, in the 1990s which led to the adoption of the euro. From this analysis, a number of lessons are drawn which may be useful, in the light of enlargement, to future candidates for euro area membership in designing their economic and monetary convergence strategies. The paper concludes that the existing Community institutions, rules and mechanisms provide a helpful framework to guide the convergence effort of accession countries towards EMU and ensure the implementation of sound economic policies thereafter.

Keywords: EMU strategies, monetary integration in Europe, Greece’s convergence effort, EU enlargement and euro membership, EMS, ERM, ERM II, capital movements.

JEL classification: E42; E44; E52; E61; F32; F33; F41

Helpful comments by Heather Gibson, Isaac Sabethai and George Tavlas are gratefully acknowledged. The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Bank of Greece.

Correspondence:

Theodoros S. Papaspyrou,
Economic Research Department,
Bank of Greece, 21 E. Venizelos Av.,
102 50 Athens, Greece,
Tel. + 30 210 3203611
Fax. + 30 210 3233025
Email: tpapaspyrou@bankofgreece.gr


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