The Eastern Partnership: Time for an Eastern Policy of the EU?
2009 (English)In: European Policy Analysis, no 14, 10 p.1-11 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was officially launched in May 2009 as a European Union (EU) policy framework to enhance relations with six countries in Eastern Europe and the southern Caucasus. This paper argues that the design of the EaP, which is a predictable technocratic response from the EU institutions supported primarily by a number of new and a few old member states and building on the success of the latest round of enlargement 2004-07, runs the risk of not achieving the market-driven rapprochement between the EU and the EaP countries that it sets out to do. Moreover, the question has to be raised whether the EaP in its current set-up is equipped to deal with the strategic significance of this region which would require the EU to take a stance on a number of foreign and security policy issues. Here, member states’ diverging interests on Russia as well as their differing geographical focus (south or east) may well stand in the way for an effective implementation of the EaP’s objective of a stable and increasingly prosperous neighbourhood. In any event, relations to the EaP countries is bound to become one of the priority areas of the newly appointed EU foreign and security chief, Catherine Ashton, as she sets about establishing the strengthened office of High Representative (HR) for Foreign Affairs and Security/Vice President for External Relations of the European Commission.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Svenska Institutet för europapolitiska studier , 2009. no 14, 10 p.1-11 p.
European Union, Eastern Partnership
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-183482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-183482DiVA: diva2:562909