Commissioner Hahn presents the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with its geographical components of the Eastern Partnership and the Union for Mediterranean has served as the overarching framework under which the EU conducts its relations with its neighbours. Faced with the multiple crises afflicting these countries, the EU engaged in a review of the ENP, which is now over 10 years old. On December 7th, CEPS invited the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, to present the new ENP. The Commissioner focused on the need to stabilise the neighbourhood as a short- to mid-term objective. The new approach promises to incorporate greater differentiation in the ENP to addresses the different needs and desires of the neighbours. The review promotes a flexible use of the EU instruments, including political reporting and trade agreements. The new ENP will focus on burning topics such as security, migration and economy.