Meeting on the future of the European Neighborhood Policy

April 10, 2015

Hat: Meeting on the future of the European Neighborhood Policy

Funding Scheme: 2015-04-10

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Federica Mogherini, the High representative for Foreign affairs, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy, will meet with Ministers from the ENP Southern countries on Monday 13 April in Barcelona in order to discuss the future of the European Neighborhood policy. The ENP is implemented through the European Neighborhood Instrument, which is aimed at promoting enhanced political cooperation and progressive economic integration between the Union and the partner countries.

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The meeting is jointly hosted by the European Union, including the Latvian Presidency of the EU Council, and Spain, and will be attended by the Ministers for Foreign Affairs both from the EU and the ENP partner countries*. It will allow for an in-depth discussion within the framework of the ongoing consultation process on the review of the ENP; the situation in the Southern Neighbourhood will also be discussed.

Press conference is foreseen at 2pm at the venue of the meeting (Pedralbes Royal Palace in Barcelona). Europe by Satellite will provide coverage. For press arrangements please contact:oid@maec.es.

Background

The ENP was last reviewed in 2011. Given the significant developments in the neighbourhood region since then, it is now essential to undertake a fundamental review of the principles on which the policy is based as well as its scope and how instruments should be used. The aim is to consult as widely as possible both with partners in the neighbouring countries and with stakeholders across the EU until the end of June. After this public consultation, a Communication setting out proposals for the future direction of the ENP will follow in the autumn. The consultation will follow four priorities: differentiation; focus; flexibility; ownership and visibility. Five areas where both sides share common interests have already been identified: trade and economic development; connectivity; security; governance; migration and mobility.

*Out of 16 countries in the ENP 10 come from the South (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia).

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