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European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR)

Review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)


Public consultations

On 18 November 2015, the European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented the main lines of the review of the ENP , spelling out the Union's new approach to its eastern and southern neighbours.

In the reviewed ENP the EU will focus on areas that matter most. The stabilisation of the region, in political, economic, and security related terms, will be at the heart of the new policy. The EU's own stability is built on democracy, human rights and the rule of law and we will continue to make the case for these universal values.

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Policy field

External relations - European Neighbourhood Policy

Target group

Public authorities, civil society, think tanks, social partners, business and academic communities, other relevant stakeholders and interested members of the public.
(Consultations in partner countries will be coordinated by the EU Delegations in each of the respective country.)

Consultation period

From 04.03.2015 until 30.06.2015 - This consultation is now closed

Objective of the consultation

Article 8 of the Treaty on European Union states that 'the Union shall develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterized by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation'.

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was designed in 2003 to develop closer relations between the EU and its neighbouring countries. It covers to the South: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine1, Syria and Tunisia; to the East: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The ENP was last reviewed in 2011, following the events in the Arab world. Given the significant developments in the neighbourhood 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.

To frame the debate, a joint consultation paper by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy was adopted on 4 March 2015, setting out key questions for discussion with partners and stakeholders.

After this consultation, a Communication setting out proposals for the future direction of the ENP will follow in the autumn.

How to submit your contribution

You are invited to respond to this consultation in any official EU language. Translations of the replies into one of the Commission's working languages (preferably English) would be welcome to enable the Commission to process them more swiftly.

Please submit your contribution in an electronic format to:

Please indicate clearly on your submission the following information about yourself:

  • Your name or the name of the submitting organization
  • Type of respondent (public authority, civil society organisation, think tank, association, citizen)
  • Country of residence or location of headquarters
  • Your contact details including an e-mail address

Submissions that are sent anonymously will not be taken into account.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the consultation document

Joint consultation paper: ‘Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy’

BG | CS | DA | DE | EL | ES | ET | FI | FR | HR | HU | IT | LT | LV | MT | NL | PL | PT | RO | SK | SL | SV

Reference documents

Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations - Consultation Taskforce

Functional mailbox:

View the contributions received

List of contributions received
1. Public authorities
2. Civil society
3. Think tanks
4. Associations
5. Citizens

Postal address: European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, LOI 15, 1049 Bruxelles / Brussels, Belgique /België

Protection of personal data

Privacy statement

1 This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of the Member States on this issue.

Consultation: "Towards a new European Neighbourhood Policy"