EU Aims for Stable, Prosperous Eastern Neighborhood
“The European Union seeks to strengthen ties with Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan while bolstering its European Neighborhood Policy. The region is part of the EU’s Eastern Partnership and an area Russia considers part of its neighborhood.
A primary EU goal is to help the countries initiate reforms that will bring them greater prosperity and stability, said Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU’s commissioner for external relations and European Neighborhood Policy, in a January 2009 news release.
Besides closer political and economic ties, the partnerships promise new steps to boost energy security in the region and Europe, Ferrero-Waldner said.
“A very special relationship with the EU is on offer to countries which choose to pursue reforms, particularly in improving democracy, human rights and rule of law,” she said.
The three nations have shown more willingness to work with the EU since the Russian intervention in South Ossetia in August 2008, the Agence France-Presse news agency reported the following month...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “EU Aims for Stable, Prosperous Eastern Neighborhood,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 1, 2010: 46-47.
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