European Neighbourhood Policy Two Years on: Time Indeed for an 'ENP Plus'

CEPS Policy Briefs No. 126

31 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2009

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Michael Emerson

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Gergana Noutcheva

Maastricht University

Nicu Popescu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 21, 2007

Abstract

Conceived in 2003 and 2004, the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) has now had two years of operational experience. This initial experience has seen a sorting out of the partner states, with Action Plans drawn up for five Eastern and seven Southern partner states. This paper distinguishes among these 12 states between the 'willing' and the 'passive'; and among the other partner states without Action Plans between the 'reluctant' and the 'excluded'. The authors argue that these groupings should be the basis for stronger differentiation in the policy packages offered by the EU. The authors also argue that the general political context now calls for a strong reinforcement of the ENP, since the benign situation of 2004 has given way now to a more menacing one, given threats to European values bearing down on the EU from all sides. Accordingly, they outline a 15-point program for achieving a qualitative upgrading of the ENP, to give it strategic leverage, rather than allowing it to be seen as a poor cousin of the enlargement process.

Keywords: EU Neighbourhood, Foreign and Security Policy, Europeanisation

Suggested Citation

Emerson, Michael and Noutcheva, Gergana and Popescu, Nicu, European Neighbourhood Policy Two Years on: Time Indeed for an 'ENP Plus' (March 21, 2007). CEPS Policy Briefs No. 126. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1334611

Michael Emerson (Contact Author)

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Gergana Noutcheva

Maastricht University ( email )

Nicu Popescu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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