The 2015 ENP Review: A policy in suspended animation
Author: Steven Blockmans
Series: CEPS Commentaries No. of pp. 4
One year after the Juncker Commission took office, the long-awaited official review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was published in November 2015. By prioritising interests over values in increasingly atomised partnerships, the policy will now aim for pragmatic realism in its dealings with a turbulent neighbourhood. But in the absence of the necessary funding to tackle the region’s multiple crises, and without a strategic vision to guide relations with the neighbours of the EU’s neighbours, the new ENP remains in suspended animation.
Steven Blockmans is Head of EU Foreign Policy at CEPS and Professor of EU External Relations Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam.