Ideas in the ENP. Conflicting Visions and Interests of the ENP between the EU Member States and Institutions?
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) creates the framework for cooperation with states located close to the EU borders. At the same time, it necessitates that different visions of what this policy should be, as represented by countries included in this policy framework, the EU member states and the EU institutions negotiate and reconcile. Although apparently different, these three visions of what the ENP should be - have one common denominator. The argument in this paper addresses the sources of the different approaches to the ENP and against this backdrop suggests ways of bypassing those controversies. To this end, some solutions that were applied in the process leading to eastern enlargement of the EU are pointed to. It is argued that more of that experience, expertise and know-how could be emulated to the ENP today as its shape is influenced by the EU institutions, the EU member states and countries to which it is addressed.(original abstract)
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