Results for the year 2008 of the European Neighbourhood Policy

 European funds

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 Cross-border co-operation programmes with the new neighbour countries

The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), seeks to develop close ties between the EU and neighboring countries to the east and south.

On 27 April, foreign affairs ministers took stock of achievements in this domain during 2008.

The ENP offers incentives and bilateral cooperation in return for concrete reforms. A tailor-made agenda of political, economic and sectoral reforms is established on a one-to-one basis, with each partner. At present, 16 countries participate in the ENP: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

The ENP aims to forge deeper ties, but is distinct from the process leading to EU membership. Cooperation relates to a wide variety of areas such as political dialogue, energy and the environment and people-to-people contacts. Progress is reviewed annually.

Despite the difficult economic situation in 2008, achievements were recorded in many areas , such as trade, research and youth mobility. For example, bilateral trade in goods between Lebanon and the EU continued to grow, and Ukraine updated its research policy with more direct sustainable development objectives.

However, more reforms are needed in the fields of good governance, human rights and the fight against corruption.

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