Monday, October 5, 2009

EU's Eastern Partnership: Additional Possibilities for European Integration of Ukraine

The Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research supported by the International Renaissance Foundation conducted an analytical research within the Project "The Eastern Partnership’ Initiative of the EU: Evaluation and Perspectives of Development of Additional Integration Possibilities for Ukraine".



The Eastern Partnership initiated by Poland and Sweden and officially approved by the European Council on March 19-20 this year, and that came into force in the Summit of the Eastern Partnership on May 7 in Prague, is directed at strengthening of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation of the European Union (the EU) and the Eastern European Partners and among themselves.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is designated to strengthen the democratization in the Eastern European and Southern Caucasus states, to provide assistance to them in the processes of European integration, modernization and the rule of law. Though, the Eastern Partnership as a continuation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) has a series of drawbacks related to vague institutional structure and low level of financing for implementing such ambitious goals. Practically all of the Partner States and even some Member States expressed certain scepticism towards the new format of different EU policies. Though, this format has been proved and officially initiated, and the EU recurrently declares on the new additional values, which may receive both the EU and the Partner States from implementation of the Eastern Partnership.

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Chapter І. Transformation of the EU Eastern Policy into the format of the Eastern Partnership Initiative
1.1. Development and selection of the European Neighbourhood Policy in the East
1.2. Polish-Swedish Initiative – concentration of the EU efforts in the Eastern Europe
1.3. Harmonization of the Initiative with other EU policies and interests of the Partner States in the Eastern Europe

Chapter ІІ. Additional integration values and opportunities of the Eastern Partnership
2.1. Eastern Partnership as a new tool of strengthening the integration processes
2.2. Resource base for implementing the Eastern Partnership Initiative
2.3. Political and legal framework of the Eastern Partnership Initiative for the European integration and reforms in Ukraine
2.3.1. Additional capabilities of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in the sphere of the EU and Ukraine cooperation o­n political and legal issues
2.3.2. Bilateral cooperation of Ukraine and the European Union in the Comprehensive Institution-Building Programme (CIB)
2.3.3. Multilateral Platform "Democracy, Good Governance and Stability"
2.4. Regional Development Program within the Eastern Partnership
2.5. Economic Vector in the Eastern Partnership and Additional Opportunities for Ukraine
2.5.1. New Opportunities of the Eastern Partnership for Developing the Economic Relations of Ukraine and the EU
2.5.2. Perspective Spheres and Formats for Cooperation of Ukraine and the EU within the Eastern Partnership framework
2.5.3. Recommendations for the Eastern Partnership economic projects
2.6. Additional values of the energy dimension of the Eastern Partnership for the integration of Ukraine
2.6.1. Energy cooperation within the framework of the Eastern Partnership
2.6.2. Integration of Ukraine into the EU energy space – a precondition for stability and development
2.6.3. Proposals o­n using the Eastern Partnership format for integrating Ukraine to the EU energy market
2.7. Migration, mobility and visa issues in the format of the Eastern Partnership
2.7.1. Cooperation within the Eastern Partnership – increase of migration regulations efficiency
2.7.2. Eastern Partnership Potential for Visa Regulations
2.7.3. To visa-free regime through regulation of justice, migration and border spheres
2.8. Security, Defence and Stability within the Eastern Partnership Initiative
2.8.1. Eastern Partnership and the Key Challenges for the European Security
2.8.2. ESDP Development Tendencies and the Eastern Partnership
2.8.3. Eastern Partnership and the ESDP Tools and Mechanisms for their Development

Chapter III. Eastern Partnership: Implementation and Monitoring
3.1. Evaluation of Perspectives for Implementing the Eastern Partnership Initiative
3.1.1. Is bilateral dimension of the Eastern Partnership a way to complete integration with the EU?
3.1.2. Perspectives of Implementing the Multilateral Dimension of the Eastern Partnership
3.2. Monitoring of the Initiative Implementation
3.3. Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership


This book is an analytical publication which highlights the analysis of a new format of the EU policy in the East (concerning Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Moldova) and views o­n possibilities of this policy application for further process of the European integration of Ukraine, that is in bilateral dimension – full integration of Ukraine to the EU structures, and in multilateral dimension – development and enhancement of regional cooperation between all the Eastern partners and the EU; as well as recommendations for using the Eastern Partnership possibilities.

This publication is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation. The views of the authors do not necessarily reflect the official position of the International Renaissance Foundation or the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.


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