Institut für Europäische Politik: Lunch Debate on “New impulses after the balance of the European Neighbourhood Policy”, 7 June 2012

Editors Prof. Dr. Tanja A. Börzel, Director of the Center for European Integration and head of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin, and Dr. Katrin Böttger, Deputy Director and Director of the research project “The EU’s policy towards Eastern Europe and Central Asia – A key role for Germany”, Institut für Europäische Politik (IEP), Berlin, presented their jointly collected volume of essays entitled “Policy Change in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood: A sectoral approach“ in the European House in Berlin, within the framework of a traditional IEP Lunch Debate. Marzenna Guz-Vetter, Delegation of the European Commission in Germany, Berlin, and Christoph Retzlaff, Director of the department EU-Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Berlin, joined in the discussion as commentators.
The edited volume is the result of a collaboration between the IEP and the KFG. Written by a total of ten authors, the seven papers of the volume analyse the influence of the European Union with regard to policy change in the states targeted by the enlargement policy and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Using a differentiated situation analysis of concrete policy areas in single countries, the papers answer not only the question of how the EU influences third-party countries, but of why the EU has greater transformative power in some policy fields than in others. The results of the research are supplemented with policy recommendations on how the EU can improve its support of reforms in social, economic and political areas of targeted countries.
During the discussion, the necessity for a differentiated view on the topic was emphasised. The conclusions and recommendations mentioned in the edited volume would unequivocally argue for an individualised strategy developed and implemented on a country to country basis. In light of the political developments in the Arab world and the accompanying reconsiderations of European foreign policy, the volume proves to be “a good book at the right time”.
A more detailed report on the event can be accessed on the website