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The European Union’s Eastern Partnership: Chances and Perspectives

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Author(s): Marcin Łapczyński

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 143;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: European Neighbourhood Policy | European Union | Eastern Partnership | Eastern Europe | South Caucasus | Czech Presidency | Poland | Sweden

ABSTRACT
The European Union has recently introduced its Eastern Partnership initiative (EaP) as a tool to enhance the co-operation and support reforms in its Eastern neighbourhood. The initiative, jointly presented by Poland and Sweden, was an answer to the French efforts to promote and strengthen the Mediterranean Union. The initiative involves several important steps to encourage countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine to build a stable and valuable relationship with the EU. With the Czech EU Council’s presidency the project has become a foreign policy priority of the Union and a lot of effort has been put in the launching and preparations. Nevertheless, the EU should not take for granted the partner countries’ support and interest in the EaP and should permanently work towards ensuring that the offer presented to the partners is attractive and suited to provide assistance in reforms.
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