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A common approach to the neighbourhood

27 June 2008

The seminar included a high-level panel on ‘Values and interests in the EU policy towards the neighbours’ and a session on the 'Achievements and shortcomings of EU policies towards the neighbours'. This was followed by discussions in four working groups addressing the following issues: Democracy and the Rule of Law; Sub-regional Integration and Unresolved Conflicts; Borders, and Energy Security. The seminar also included a high-level panel on the views from neighbouring states, both from the East and the South.

Participants were asked to consider a number of questions, including:

  •  Should the EU pursue a common approach towards all its neighbours or should it differentiate? How to combine bilateralism and regionalism?
  •  Should the EU act in uniformity or allow a group of the most interested countries to take the lead in defining its neighbourhood policy? How to combine flexibility with coherence and consistency?
  • What are the key areas of the EU engagement with the neighbours?