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Article 8 TEU: Towards a New Generation of Agreements with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union?

European Law Review, Vol. 36, pp. 688-703, 2011

39 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2012 Last revised: 7 Jul 2012

Roman Petrov

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)

Peter Van Elsuwege

Ghent University

Date Written: June 19, 2011

Abstract

Article 8 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) provides a new legal basis for developing the European Union’s relations with its neighbouring countries. This contribution traces the origins of this provision and analyses its objectives and potential application in practice. It is argued that art.8 TEU codifies the conditionality approach of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and introduces a differentiation with traditional association agreements for political reasons. The launch of the Eastern Partnership in May 2009, including the offer of concluding association agreements with the European Union’s eastern partners, largely undermines the significance of this distinction. It is, however, not to be excluded that art.8 TEU is used in relation to other neighbouring countries which are not interested in formal association with the European Union.

Keywords: EU law, European Free Trade Association, European neighbourhood policy, External relations, Russia

Suggested Citation

Petrov, Roman and Van Elsuwege, Peter, Article 8 TEU: Towards a New Generation of Agreements with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union? (June 19, 2011). European Law Review, Vol. 36, pp. 688-703, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2039449

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Peter Van Elsuwege

Ghent University ( email )

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Ghent, B-9000
Belgium

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