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Differentiation instead of „one size fits all“ – New impulses for the European Neighbourhood Policy

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 edited volume entitled „Policy Change in the EU’s immediate neighbourhood: A sectoral approach“ on 7 June, 2012. The presentation took place in the European House in Berlin, within the framework of an 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, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin, joined in the discussion as commentators.

The edited volume is the result of a cooperation project 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 European Enlargement and 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.

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