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A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR COOPERATION IN EASTERN EUROPE: THE EASTERN PARTNERSHIP

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Author(s): MIHAELA PADUREANU

Journal: Challenges of the Knowledge Society
ISSN 2068-7796

Volume: 2;
Issue: -;
Start page: 1705;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: European Union | European Neighbourhood Policy | security | Southern Caucasus

ABSTRACT
Following its enlargements towards East, the European Union found itself near a complicated zone, which influences its security environment. Launched in 2009 at the Prague Summit the Eastern Partnership aims to provide a new framework for cooperation between the EU and other six Eastern European and Southern Caucasus countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. In the same time, the Eastern Partnership attempts to provide the conditions needed to improve political association and economic integration between the European Union and these countries. In this paper I analyze the way in which the Northern Dimension and the Southern Mediterranean dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy are influencing the political discourse found at the European level regarding the security issues. More precisely I want to identify the tools used to choose which interests are more important: those regarding the Southern Mediterranean or those concerning the Northern Dimension and how they are ranked. Further, I look at the way in which those interests are shaping the framework for the Eastern Partnership and for cooperation between the states. Are there similar approaches to the problems or different goals for this Partnership? I am interested to find out how different perceptions regarding security – those from the North, South and East are aggregated to provide an accurate framework for cooperation in Eastern Europe.

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