01 Oct 2013

Towards ‘EuroNest 2.0’: What should the next European Parliament learn from its predecessor?

Hrant Kostanyan / Bruno Vandecasteele

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The development and functioning of the EU-Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Assembly (EuroNest PA) is the focus of this Policy Brief, in which the authors argue that despite organising a number of meetings and adopting several resolutions in the past two years, the Assembly is failing to reach its objectives of promoting economic and political integration between the EU and the Eastern Partners. Three main problems are considered in this paper: i) the criticism of the European Parliament for being inconsistent about the conditions under which countries can send delegates ii) the fact that the parliamentary meetings are too short and infrequent, and iii) the observation that the Eastern Partners focus too much on national and bilateral issues, thus failing to engage in multilateral dialogue. A number of recommendations are put forward to enhance the effectiveness of the Assembly.

Hrant Kostanyan is an Associate Research Fellow at CEPS Bruno Vandecasteele is a PhD candidate at the Centre for EU Studies (CEUS), Ghent University.