UDC 339.923(4‐672EU) 341.217.02(4‐672EU)
Biblid: 0025‐8555, 69(2017)
Vol. 69, No 1, pp. 126-150
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2298/MEDJP1701126R

Pregledni članak
Received: 28 Feb 2017
Accepted: 27 Mar 2017


RISTIĆ Katarina (Doktorantkinja na Fakultetu političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu i viši savetnik u Odeljenju za evropske integracije Narodne skupštine Republike Srbije), k.ristic@yahoo.com

The paper examines the limits of the European Union policy making towards the Eastern Neighbours, as well as towards the Russian Federation. In‐depth analyses of the existing contractual relations proved that the EU neighborhood policy is a non‐ functional mixture of foreign policy interventionism, enlargement policy and conditionality instruments. The article has found that high economic interests, security and peace intentions and fight against the global threats in the Eastern Neighborhood are not subject to the typical EU conditionality, since proven instruments work only under the umbrella of the enlargement policy and membership prospect. The author has concluded that the EU will have to look old/new form of partnerships for the neighborhood countries in order to keep stability, peace and security around its borders. Current relations with the Eastern Partnership countries are neither developed, neither confident, despite the hybrid legal frameworks with some of them. A vital strategic partner in the East remains the Russian Federation, and it is expected that relations in the Eastern Neighborhood will be adjusted to the current position of Russia in this region. This can not be dependent, even of the membership prospect for Ukraine, Moldova or Georgia, which seems to be inadequate offer at the moment, like it was at all the previous historical moments and developments. New agreements signed with these three countries did not help prevent conflicts, tensions, or the huge pro‐Russian opposition in these countries. Implementation of comprehensive Association Agreements/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements are yet to come, and these countries still lack democratic and efficient governance, and implementation of the number of paragraphs from the previous Partnership and Cooperation Agreements. PCAs are still in force with the rest of the countries of the Eastern Partnership (except Belarus). DCFTA Agreement with Ukraine is not yet ratified by all EU member states (Netherlands).

Keywords: EU Neighborhood policy, Eastern partnership, conditionality, enlargement policy, Strategy, Security, Partnership and Cooperation Agreements, Ukraine, Russia