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31 march 2010

Stegniy, Oleksandr The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP)/Eastern Partnership (EaP) and Ukraine: lost in transition?

Based on a nation-wide survey, focus-groups, elite interviews and school essays conducted in Ukraine during 2008-9, the paper sets to investigate the progress and difficulties in the development of the Ukraine-EU relations, through the ENP and EaP perspectives. The paper will proceed in four sections. Section one provides a brief historical overview of the Ukraine-EU relations. Section two discusses particular progress made by Ukraine in the process of building relations with Europe (following the boundary-politics framework set in the first paper). Third section examines existing difficulties and obstacles in facilitating this cooperation, from the Ukrainian perspective. In particular, the section examines the role of geopolitics (the Russian factor) and culture (public and elite perceptions; awareness; attitudes/values and expectations) in the Ukraine-EU relations. The paper concludes by discussing the future prospects for the development of the Ukraine-EU relations, and objectives that Ukraine sees as essential for making the ENP/EaP effective and appealing for the participating sides.


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