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European Neighbourhood Policy

European Neighbourhood Policy

Challenges for the Environment and Energy Policy

With the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the European Union aims to redefine the relationships between itself and the new neighbours it acquired in the EU Enlargement of 2004. Economic integration remains at the heart of the ENP, but increased co-operation in the areas of environmental and energy policy is addressed as well. This Ecologic Newsletter by Sascha Müller-Kraenner examines this important issue and also surveys questions that the EU and its new neighbours will need to address together.

Of special interest to the EU is co-operation on energy policy with the countries of Eastern Europe and North Africa.  In addition to the EU, other geopolitical actors, in particular the USA and Russia, are pressing their own competing interests in the regions.

The Ecologic Brief on the European Neighbourhood Policy can be downloaded here [pdf, 101 KB, English].


Müller-Kraenner, Sascha 2005: The European Neighbourhood Policy - Challenges for the Environment and Energy Policy. [Ecologic Briefs]. Berlin: ecoscript.

23 pp.
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Table of Contents
The Environment in the Neighbourhood Policy of the European Union
What is the European Neighbourhood Policy?
Medium Term Financial Planning – The European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
Ten Years after Barcelona – Does the Mediterranean matter?
The Future EU: 35 Member States or Priviliged Partnerships?
Russia – The Four Spaces
Special Cases: Ukraine, Southern Caucasus, Israel, Morocco
Neighbourhood Policy and European Security Strategy
Outlines of an Environment and Energy Partnership
Improvement of Regional and International Cooperation
Summary and Future Prospects
List of Abbreviations
Profile: Ecologic
Ecologic Dinner Dialogues on the ENP
Neighbourhood, Enlargement, Integration, Economy, Internal Market, Foreign Policy, Security, Energy, Co-operation, Eastern Europe, North Africa, Europe