10 Feb 2015

Turf wars and control issues in EU eastern policies: Opening the ‘black box’ of the EU Institutions and the Member States

Hrant Kostanyan

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This article by CEPS Associate Research Fellow Hrant Kostanyan was published in Adam Hug (ed.) Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership, The Foreign Policy Centre, 22-25.


The article evaluates the latest changes to the EU’s institutional structure relevant to Europe’s eastern neighbourhood, situating them in the EU’s wider post-Lisbon institutional architecture. Hrant Kostanyan analyses turf wars between the European External Action Service and the European Commission, as well as the difficulties of achieving consensus among the EU members. The study cautions that an effective EU common policy for the eastern neighbourhood requires better institutional coordination and stronger backing by EU member states.