A Strong European Neighbourhood Policy – further efforts are needed
European Commission - IP/07/1843 05/12/2007
Brussels, 5 December 2007
Further efforts from the EU side are necessary to make a reality of the proposals already made to strengthen the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). A new Communication from Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, sets out what actions are needed by the Member States and the Commission, particularly in the fields of trade, mobility and tackling frozen conflicts in the EU’s neighbourhood. A number of actions are foreseen in 2008 to reinforce sectoral reforms in the neighbourhood countries. A further communication next spring will address the performance of the neighbourhood partners, with progress reports on each.
Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner said: "We are now in the implementation phase of the Neighbourhood Policy. This is a jointly owned initiative, and implementation requires action on both sides, by the EU, and its neighbours. Today's Communication sets out where we need to see additional efforts by the Commission and Member States to ensure that the promises made to our partners are kept, and that the incentives for reform that we have offered are concrete, credible and relevant to their needs".
The Communication sets the following objectives for 2008 and beyond:
Since the Communication proposing measures to strengthen ENP, a number of the items suggested then have already been implemented:
The ENP goes beyond classical political
cooperation to include elements of economic integration, as well as support for
reforms to stimulate economic and social development. The tool to achieve these
reforms are the commonly agreed Action Plans scheduled for 3-5 years with
precise commitments to promote economic modernisation, strengthen the rule of
law, democracy and the respect for human rights and to cooperate on key foreign
 It does not cover the EFTA/EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), the candidate and potential candidate countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia including Kosovo) and Russia.