20/03/2013 at 14:00
Where: European Commission, Brussels
Topic: External relations and foreign affairs
Organiser: European Commission
On 20 March the 2013 European Neighbourhood Policy Package will be adopted. This year's Package consists of a Joint Communication of the Commission and the High Representative and twelve Country Progress Reports assessing the implementation of the ENP in 2012 in the twelve neighbouring countries with which an ENP Action Plan or an Association Agenda has been agreed; two regional reports reviewing the progress made in 2012 in the implementation of the Eastern Partnership and the Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity with southern Mediterranean partners; and a report with quantitative indicators of progress toward reform (Statistical Annex).
This year, the focus of the ENP communication and the progress reports will be the implementation of commitments, both on the EU's side and the partners' side. How well are ENP partner countries delivering on their reform agenda and in building sustainable democracies? How far is the EU delivering on its commitment to provide a stronger support (political, financial, economic integration) to those countries which were more ambitious in their reforms?
2012 has been a challenging year in our neighbourhood. Democratic transitions in southern neighbours are proving long and often difficult, despite some advances on democratic elections. In the Eastern neighbourhood also, the democratic transition remains uneven. How much is the EU making use of all its tools to offer a comprehensive approach and a stronger partnership to the ENP countries?
All these questions are at the heart of the 2013 ENP Package.
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was developed in 2004, with the objective of avoiding the emergence of new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours, aiming instead to increase the prosperity, stability and security of all.
In May 2011 the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission put forward a new policy response to a changing EU neighbourhood based on "more for more", mutual accountability and a shared commitment to the universal values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law and involving a much higher level of differentiation. In this way the EU responded to the Arab Spring and sent a clear message of solidarity and support to the peoples of the Southern Mediterranean. It also responded to EU Eastern Neighbours’ efforts towards closer political association and deeper economic integration.
The ENP framework is proposed to 16 of the EU's closest neighbours – Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.
14:00 Press Conference by Commissioner Stefan Füle.
1 IP, 16 MEMOS and the Joint Communication to the European Parliament and Council
will be available on the day.