European Neighbourhood Policy
With the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the European Union aims to redefine the relationships between itself and the new neighbours it acquired in the EU Enlargement of 2004. Economic integration remains at the heart of the ENP, but increased co-operation in the areas of environmental and energy policy is addressed as well. This Ecologic Newsletter by Sascha Müller-Kraenner examines this important issue and also surveys questions that the EU and its new neighbours will need to address together.
Of special interest to the EU is co-operation on energy policy with the countries of Eastern Europe and North Africa. In addition to the EU, other geopolitical actors, in particular the USA and Russia, are pressing their own competing interests in the regions.
The Ecologic Brief on the European Neighbourhood Policy can be downloaded here [pdf, 101 KB, English].