Sieps är en statlig myndighet som tar fram forskningsbaserade analyser i europapolitiska frågor. Målgruppen är i första hand svenska beslutsfattare på olika nivåer. Arbetet sker i samarbete med svenska och internationella forskare.
The Eastern Partnership: Time for an Eastern Policy of the EU? (2009:14epa)
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was launched in May this year as a strengthened policy framework between the European Union and six countries in Eastern Europe and southern Caucasus. The overall aim of the partnership is to ensure stability and prosperity in a region that is characterized by stalled socio-economic and democratic reforms as well as ethnic tension and even armed conflict.
In this context the EU offers closer relations based on deep and comprehensive free trade and regulatory alignment while foreign policy and security cooperation remains rather undeveloped. Will the EU’s approach be solid enough to engage constructively with the EaP countries and their big neighbour in the East?
The analysis is part of the research project EU as a global actor and was presented at the seminar The Eastern Partnership: an appraisal at the end of the Swedish Presidency.