Cover Osteuropa 2-3/2007

In Osteuropa 2-3/2007

The Opening of the Internal Market?
The Opportunities and Risks of the EU Neighbourhood Policy

Susanne Thau

Deutsche Fassung


A key instrument in the European Neighbourhood Policy is the opening up of the EU internal market. With this incentive, neighbouring countries could be moved to enact economic and political reforms. However, since a simplification of the free movement of people, goods, services and capital would abolish the EU’s most important protective barriers, harmonisation in these fields must examined very carefully, and concessions must be limited to individual cases. The ENP states initially have to make certain adjustments such as the adaptation of legal provisions and the creation of an administrative apparatus. In the process, they could be supported by twinning partnerships.

(Osteuropa 2-3/2007, pp. 322–335)