Cover Osteuropa 11/2009

In Osteuropa 11/2009

Making tracks
EU Energy Policy and the Neighbourhood

Barbara Lippert, Severin Fischer

Deutsche Fassung


With the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the beginnings of a common energy-driven foreign policy, the European Union is integrating increasingly different strategies of cooperation. With the ENP, energy-policy rules are to be exported and guarantees of supplies improved. A multi-level course of action that takes into consideration regional differences promises success: Vis-à-vis the eastern neighbours, the emphasis should be on a differentiated, bilateral approach. With the neighbours in the south, the EU should bet on multilateral and regional solutions. But with regard to an energy-driven foreign policy, the ENP has its shortcomings, for the two key countries, Russia and Turkey, are ignored.

(Osteuropa 11/2009, pp. 53–70)