Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 04/2014

Time to Reset the European Neighborhood Policy

Stefan Lehne

February 2014

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Through its European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), the European Union (EU) aims to support the structural transformation of its Eastern and Southern neighbors, promoting democracy, the rule of law, and successful market economies. Ten years after the ENP’s launch, it is clear that the policy is not working. Adjusting the ENP to the changing reality on the ground, sharpening its tools, and rebuilding its credibility should be a top priority for the EU’s foreign policy leadership.