?For more than a decade, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has been the overarching programmatic framework of the EU to define its relations with the neighbouring countries on its eastern and southern borders. The EU has pushed and pulled its neighbours towards closer political association, deeper economic integration and improved people-to-people contacts?, but with mixed results. An earlier review of the ENP in 2011 did not turn the tide. Nowadays, the arc surrounding the EU is far from the "area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterised by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation"? which ?Article 8 ?of the EU? Treaty?? prescribes?.? Even if the EU's toolbox for the ENP is plentiful, one could question whether the advanced Association Agreements? (AAs) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas (DCFTAs) are fit for purpose. It is against this backdrop that the Commission and the High Representative committed themselves to launch, on 18th November, a? review of the? ENP.
After presenting the main principles and innovations in the EU's 2015 strategic package for its geographical neighbourhood, European Commissioner for the Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, will? engage in a Q&A discussion with the audience.?