Ten years of EaP: successes but also new challenges

Author
Petra Kuchyňková
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
International Issues: Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs
Volume
28
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
June 2019
Institution
Slovak Foreign Policy Association
Abstract
According to Petra Kuchyňková, assistant professor at Masaryk University in Brno, the Eastern Partnership has been relatively successful, despite the frequent political instability in EaP countries. However, the EU has not always been consistent in its neighborhood policy. This is easily understood if we look at the heterogeneity of the EaP countries and the differences in the extent of Russian influence in the region. According to Kuchyňková, the EU should not abolish the sanctions on Russia unless there is visible progress in the Minsk process, so as to avoid damaging its reputation as normative actor. Cooperation between the EU and the EEU seems unlikely due the atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion. EU neighborhood policy could receive new impetus as a result of it being given more attention in the new multiannual financial framework.
Topic
International Cooperation, International Trade and Finance, Regional Cooperation, Treaties and Agreements, Public Policy, Trade Liberalization
Political Geography
Europe, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus