EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy

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Course Description: 

The objective of the course is to provide students with the analytical tools to understand the special nature of the EU neighbourhood policy. The semester is structured in five main parts:


  • The first, introductory part (1-6) deals with the challenges to and the responses of the EU foreign policy including general questions like the EU’s normative requirements and EU conditionality.
  • The second part (7-10) presents the structure and the content of group to group relations of the EU with neighbouring regions and the shaping of the European Neighbourhood Policy.
  • The third part (11-15) addresses the relations of the EU with the special enclave of the Western Balkans region analysing mutual interests and EU accession perspectives.
  • The fourth part (16-19) concentrates on neighbouring east European states under the EU’s Eastern Partnership project.
  • The last, fifth part (20-24) deals with specific eastern ‘neighbours of Europe’ focusing on Turkey, Russia and post-Soviet Central Asia.

 The course is based on on-going research done by the CEU Centre for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS).

Goals of the course
The course’s main aim is to provide students with a strong understanding of:
 the main political motivations behind the EU neighbourhood policy;
 the factors shaping integrated EU positions on future enlargements;
 the significance of EU conditionality in its enlargement and neighbourhood policy.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course students will:  acquire a good understanding of the key political and economic motivations of the two-level neighbourhood and enlargement policy of the EU;  apply their knowledge of the tools of policy analysis to empirical cases of EU enlargement and neighbourhood relations;  critically engage with the debates on the position of the EU and its member states concerning future EU accessions.



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