The European Neighbourhood Policy is a complex subject, based on several strategy papers, that refers to some priority aspects. The goal of this guide is to provide the minimum needed information which would allow for the perception of all ENP aspects. It will also explain the need of familiarization with the main ENP papers as well as the importance of an active participation in the workshop.

Documents

Gerogian Government Documents

Georgia’s Progress Report on Implementation of the ENP Action Plan (English version) pdf
Implementation of the EU-Georgia ENP Action Plan 2007 (English version) pdf
Donor Assistance Required for Implementation of the EU-Georgia ENP AP (English version) pdf


EU Documents

European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument Country Strategy Paper 2007-2010 (English version) (Georgian version) pdf
Eastern Regional Programme Strategy Paper 2007 – 2013 (English version) (Georgian version) pdf
ENPI Eastern Regional Indicative Programme 2007 – 2013 (English version) pdf
Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2007 (Progress Report Georgia) (English version) pdf

 

What is the European Neighbourhood Policy?

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) represents a framework of EU foreign policies related to neighbouring countries. The ENP strategy goals can be summarized as follows: assurance of mutual prosperity, stability and security. One of the basic principles of European Neighbourhood Policy is to provide assistance to the neighbouring countries during the internal reforms process by an equitable cooperation. At the same time ENP can be qualified as an alternative to EU expansion

What are the main papers of ENP framework?

There are two basic papers which govern the neighbouring policy framework: Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (ratified by Georgia on July, 1 1999) and EU-Georgia Actions Plan (signed on November 14th , 2006). Moreover, there are several additional consolidating papers as European Commission (EC) Strategy on ENP, ENP-plus, which address to the regional, thematic, human and other dimensions.

What do the European Neighbourhood Policy Instruments represent?

ENPI represent financial instruments by which the European Commission assistance is directed towards the countries covered by Neighbourhood Policy. The multitude of these financing programs is structured in the following instrument categories: geographical, horizontal, thematic and community programs. The geographic instrument, specific to ENPI, manages an 11.18 billion budget for the period 2007-2013 (designed for 16 countries parts of ENP). The other instruments are directed not only to the European neighborhood countries, but involve the EU state-members as well.

What are the ENPI or European Commission Assistance Program strategic papers?

  • Country Strategy Paper 2007-2013 - defines the long term cooperation objectives, identifies the strategic priorities and actions specific areas.
  • National Indicative Program 2007-2010 – is based on Country Strategy Paper and includes the specific sectors objectives description, expected results and necessary budget.
  • Action Program – adopted once in a year or in two years, which includes the list of the programs/projects to be financed.

What materials need to be studied for an adequate participation in the workshop?

  1. Country Strategy Paper 2007-2013 Summary
  2. National Indicative Program 2007-2010 Summary
  3. The commitments assumed by EC and Moldova Government under ENP
  4. The Project KIC ENPI summary: Towards Equal Partnerships
  5. The summary of questionnaires filled out by participant NGOs

All mentioned materials are distributed in advance by the workshop organizer- association Green Alternative, as well as available in folder

What do you need to pay attention at?

The basic materials are listed in articles 1-3 of the previous paragraph and they will be analyzed in details, and materials listed in articles 4-5 are rather informative.

Please analyze both the Country Strategy Paper for 2007-2013 Summary and the National Indicative Program by answering the following questions:

  • What is the EU/EC political agenda concerning relations with Georgia?
  • What is the political agenda Georgia?
  • What is the EC Response Strategy?
  • Does the Response Strategy correspond to Georgia’s political agenda?
  • Does the EC offer assistance to fair/adequate priorities?
  • If not, what would be these priorities?
  • How does EU policy influence the situation and development process inGeorgia? What are the political changes compared to the period previous to ENP start-up?

Please analyze the ENP commitments assumed by both European Commission and Government of Moldova by answering the following questions:

  • How does EC/Government honor the commitments assumed under ENP?
  • How does EU/EC offer assistance in Government commitments implementation?
  • What would you recommend in this regard?

How to participate in the workshop and what is the follow up?

It is worth to mention that invited NGOs adequate preparation and active participation in this workshop are the key elements in achieving its objectives. These include the involving of civil society in the policies influence process and directing the EU assistance towards those sectors and priorities which are considered by the society as being major.

The follow up of this workshop is planned by:

  • Drafting of the national activity plan which would improve the ENP, especially the part related to its half term evaluation;
  • Creation of an initiative group motivated to involve in the subject;

Additionally, a common regional agenda (Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia) and a general agenda for all the countries involved in the project will be drafted and further implemented in cooperation with both European partner organizations (Eurostep, Aprodev, Womnet, etc) and regional NGOs involved in the project.

ENP – ENPI differences

 

 

 

 

What?

European neighbourhood and partnership POLICY”

EC assistance (European neighbourhood and partnership INSTRUMENT = ENPI, thematic programmes…)

Main goal

implement reforms and deepen relationship between the EU and the partner country

Assist the partner country in its reforms and needs (implement EC assistance)

Main responsibility (who to lobby)

government and ministries (and keep the delegation informed) European Commission (RELEX)

European Commission: in Brussels (RELEX and AIDCO) and in delegation (and keep the government informed)

Main documents

EU Action Plan

PCA (East)

Association Agreements (MED)

Country / regional strategy papers (CSP, RSP)

National Indicative programmes

Annual action programmes

Call for proposals/tenders

Potential role for civil society

Comment on priorities (mentioned in the Action Plan) and how they should be implemented, which ones are the most important….

Monitor the implementation of the Action Plan

Ask for being involved in the drafting of the government work plan (priorities to be chosen for each year of the implementation of the Action Plan)

“short-medium term”: Comments on priorities (mentioned in the strategy paper and indicative programme), how they should be implemented, which ones are the most relevant for the country (and what is missing…)

Ask for draft annual action programme

Influence the mid-term revision of the ENPI (in 2010)

“Long term”: monitor the implementation and prepare for the revision of the CSPsand RSPs