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10, 2015

Concepts of European integration in cross-border cooperation

The article is devoted to the research of concepts of the European integration in cross-border cooperation. The article analyses such concepts as functionalism, neofunctionalism, and the theory of the intergovernmental approach. The article defines the important principles of the European political, economic and legal integration. The author comes to the conclusion that the concepts of the European integration represent the complexity and gradualness of the integration processes. The characteristic of them is the absence of the universality in relation to different forms and methods of integration, which is carried out outside the European continent, which is explained with the focus of these concepts mostly on Europe.
Keywords: European integration, intergovernmental approach, neofunctionalism, functionalism, positive integration, negative integration.

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Natalia MUSHAK