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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Working together - Strengthening the neighbourhood policy

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News For the first time since the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the Commissioner in charge of External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, met the representatives from the partner countries during a conference organised on 3rd September in Brussels.

The ENP's aim is to promote greater economic development, stability and governance in the neighbourhood countries, while being an alternative to joining the EU. There are 16 countries in the ENP: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
In December 2006, the Commission proposed to upgrade the ENP to an "ENP+" with the creation in 2007 of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) as a comprehensive fund to promote co-operation, together with a new lending mandate of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The EU is seeking to strengthen the ENP in various areas : - economic integration; - energy and energy security, especially with Azerbaijan, Morocco, Egypt and Algeria; - free travel and fight against illegal migration; - financial assistance to those partners which make progress on their governance objectives. It further allows using EU funds to leverage a larger sum of money from other international financial institutions.

Source :  Euractiv


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