“How to improve the European Neighbourhood Policy? Concepts, perceptions and policy recommendations for its Eastern dimension”
The Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA), Brussels, and the Institut für Europäische Politik, Berlin, are organising a roundtable conference on “How to improve the European Neighbourhood Policy? Concepts, perceptions and policy recommendations for its Eastern dimension” in Brussels, 4/5 November 2009.
The conference will bring together representatives from the academic and the policy-making communities, combining scholarly and policy-relevant perspectives. In the context of a changing policy environment the conference aims at analysing the current state of the art of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and its most recent policy initiative for the Eastern dimension, the Eastern Partnership, in order to formulate policy recommendations for its improvement.
Therefore a first panel will discuss the concepts of ownership and conditionality as the key guiding principles of the ENP and the Eastern Partnership, trying to answer the question how useful these concepts are and how they can successfully be implemented. In the second session the focus will shift towards the Eastern partner countries’ perception of the ENP and Eastern Partnership and the question how they evaluate the ENP, how it could be improved and what they expect from the European Union in this respect. The ENP and Eastern Partnership will be discussed from Ukrainian, Moldovan and Belarusian perspectives. During the concluding session the previous discussion on the usefulness and effectiveness of ENP policy concepts and instruments and the perceptions of the partner countries will be summarised and synthesised in the form of concrete policy recommendations and discussed with practitioners from the European Institutions working on ENP and Eastern Partnership.
Contact: Anne Schmidt