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European Neighbourhood Policy

When we talk of Development Cooperation, it is usually understood to refer to the poor countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia. In fact, what is commonly referred to as the ‘Global South’ includes countries that are not confined to such neat geographical blocks, and the relationship between the EU and its neighbours is one example of how the EU tackles this. Many NGOs from the EU13 direct their development cooperation to countries in the EU’s neighbourhood, and this experience is just as valuable for informing EU development policy as the older member states engagement in the more traditional partner regions of the world.

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is the policy framework for the EU’s relations with neighbours to East and South. This framework is funded by the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI).


For more information read the TRIALOG Policy Digest on Eastern Partnership and Development Cooperation from October 2013 and the TRIALOG Policy Digest on European Neighbourhood Policy from June 2012.

Read the most recent European Commission and Eureopean External Action Service communications on the European Neighbourhood Policy here and the progress reports for each of the ENP countries here.


How to engage

The CONCORD working group on Enlargement, Pre-Accession and Neighbourhood (EPAN) works on the issues concerning EU's neighbourhood and enlargement policies. TRIALOG convened this group until 2012 since its beginnings in 2006 when it took over from the Enlargement Working Group, focusing on the EU’s newest member states before broadening its focus to include the regions with which these members had links – the future members of the EU and the countries immediately to the East and South of the EU’s borders.

More information about how to become active within CONCORD can be found on the CONCORD website: www.concordeurope.org or directly here.

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