Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2007

In Osteuropa 2-3/2007

The Land Outside
The ENP from Ukraine’s Point of View

Ol'ga Šumylo

Deutsche Fassung


For those Ukrainians who would like to see their country in the European Union, the European Neighbourhood Policy is a poor substitute. Hopes that the ENP would promote democratisation and economic reforms have also gone unfulfilled. EU plans for ENP reform are fuelling these hopes anew. Despite its many deficits, the new concept contains several points which – should they be implemented – could mean stronger integration of Ukraine in the EU short of full membership. More explicit priorities, clearer incentives, more technical and financial support by the EU and, above all, an expansion of economic and trade relations by means of “enhanced” free trade would be the best guarantee for producing an economic upswing and anchoring Ukraine in Europe.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2007, pp. 173–184)