ENP's Values Conditionality from Enlargements to Post-Crimea

Sara Poli (ed.), 'The EU and Its Values in the Neighbourhood', Routledge, 2016, pp.145-166.

CLEER Working Paper 2015/01

26 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2015 Last revised: 7 Mar 2018

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Dimitry Kochenov

University of Groningen - Faculty of Law

Elena Basheska


Date Written: August 5, 2015


This chapter puts the problems with value conditionality in the EU’s neighbourhood in the context of the general resounding failure of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP): embarking to establish a ‘ring of friends’ around the EU, the policy has not delivered: the neighbourhood is much poorer and infinitely more dangerous now than ever before in the recent past. From Russia’s annexation of the part of Ukraine and its pocket war in Donbass to the rise of the Islamic State, the initial goal of the ENP could not be any further from achievement than it is now. The Union, advancing its policy of slogans has entirely ignored Realpolitik, to the embarrassing results. We proceed looking at the objective of the ‘ring of friends’ (2) and then focus on the three key presumptions underlying the deployment of the principle of conditionality in the context of the ENP: the presumption of shared values (3); the presumption of effectiveness of the value based conditionality (4); the presumption of the sufficient incentives (5); – all the three untenable, we argue – only to address the issue of what could be done to solve the outstanding problems (6). The ENP should be getting much stricter scrutiny in the post-Crimea, world where Russian propaganda bureaucrats and ISIS fundamentalists seem to be much more effective – in the short term at least – that the European Union. This puts to light the fourth untenable presumption – the presumption that the EU acts in vacuum in a world with no opposition and disagreement, while doing ‘the right thing’. We argue that the ENP has to be rethought in the vein of Realpolitik with less reliance on questionably slogans and utterly unattainable goals.

Keywords: ENP, Crimea, Russia, Ukraine, EU, Enlargement, Conditionality, values

Suggested Citation

Kochenov, Dimitry and Basheska, Elena, ENP's Values Conditionality from Enlargements to Post-Crimea (August 5, 2015). Sara Poli (ed.), 'The EU and Its Values in the Neighbourhood', Routledge, 2016, pp.145-166.; CLEER Working Paper 2015/01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2640304

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