“Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy”
Article 8 of the Treaty on European Union states that ‘the Union shall develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterized by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation’.
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was designed in 2003 to develop closer relations between the EU and its neighbouring countries. It covers to the South: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine1, Syria and Tunisia; to the East: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The ENP was last reviewed in 2011, following the events in the Arab world. Given the significant developments in the neighbourhood since then, it is now essential to undertake a fundamental review of the principles on which the policy is based as well as its scope and how instruments should be used.
To frame the debate, a joint consultation paper by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was adopted on 4 March 2015, setting out key questions for discussion with partners and stakeholders.
After this consultation, a Communication setting out proposals for the future direction of the ENP will follow in the autumn.
Your input will be most welcome by 30 June 2015. More information here.