“How to improve the European Neighbourhood Policy? Concepts, perceptions and policy recommendations for its Eastern dimension” — Programme, Conference Report and Papers now available

Am 4. und 5. November organi­sierte das IEP in Zusam­men­arbeit mit der Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) eine Exper­ten­kon­ferenz zum Thema “How to improve the European Neigh­bourhood Policy? Concepts, percep­tions and policy recom­men­da­tions for its Eastern dimension”, die in der Fondation Univer­si­taire in Brüssel stattfand.

The confe­rence brought together 40 repre­sen­ta­tives from the academic and the policy-making commu­nities, combining scholarly and policy-relevant perspec­tives. In the context of a changing policy environment the confe­rence aimed at analysing the current state of the art of the European Neigh­bourhood Policy (ENP) and its most recent policy initiative for the Eastern dimension, the Eastern Partnership, in order to formulate policy recom­men­da­tions for its impro­vement.
Therefore a first panel discussed the concepts of ownership and condi­tio­nality as the key guiding principles of the ENP and the Eastern Partnership, and examined how useful these concepts are and how they can success­fully be imple­mented. In the second session the focus shifted towards the Eastern partner countries’ perception of the ENP and the Eastern Partnership, their evaluation of the ENP, how it could be improved and what they expect from the European Union in this respect. The ENP and the Eastern Partnership were discussed from Ukrainian, Moldovan and Belarusian perspec­tives. During the concluding session the previous discussion on the usefulness and effec­ti­veness of ENP policy concepts and instru­ments and on the percep­tions of the partner countries were summa­rised and synthe­sised in the form of concrete policy recom­men­da­tions and discussed with practi­tioners from the European insti­tu­tions working on ENP and Eastern Partnership.
We linked the round­table format with the idea to have short written inputs from the parti­ci­pants, thereby benefiting from the variety of experts from academia and practice who attended the confe­rence. These papers were distri­buted in advance to all parti­ci­pants and are now available here and on the TEPSA website.


Von: Katrin Böttger