Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy: EU launches consultation on the future of its relations with neighbouring countries

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn are today launching a consultation on the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Given the significant developments in the region since it was last reviewed in 2011, it is essential to undertake a fundamental review of the principles on which the policy is based as well as its scope and how its instruments should be used, a press release said.
“Recent developments in the region have increased the challenges we all face: from economic pressures to irregular migration and security threats,” said Mogherini. “We need a strong policy to be able to tackle these issues. We also need to understand better the different aspirations, values and interests of our partners. This is what the review is about if we are to have a robust political relationship between our neighbours and us.”
Commissioner Hahn added he wanted to see “a more equal partnership and one that brings results."
The aim is to consult as widely as possible both with partners in neighbouring countries and with EU stakeholders until the end of June. A Communication setting out proposals for the future direction of the ENP will then follow in the autumn.
The consultation will follow four priorities: differentiation; focus; flexibility; ownership & visibility. Five areas where both sides share common interests have already been identified: trade and economic development; connectivity; security; governance; migration and mobility.
To frame the debate, a joint consultation paper by the European Commission and the High Representative was adopted on 4 March, setting out preliminary findings in terms of lessons learnt from ENP to date, as well as key questions for discussion with partners and stakeholders. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
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Press release
Joint consultation paper Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy
Consultation webpage
European Commission website on Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations
European External Action Service website

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