The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?

The Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration und Foreign Affairs together with Carnegie Europe held a high profile conference on the issue of how to address the challenges and renewed ambitions of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) in Vienna.


  1. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Stefan Lehne visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe and Ambassador Jan Kickert, Political Director of the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, address in the following short video the importance of the European Neighborhood Policy and answer a couple of questions ahead of the conference.
  2. The European Neighborhood Policy: Which Way Forward?
  3. "Turmoil is erupting across the EU's neighboring regions, economic transitions are slowing down, and the ENP's original aspirations appear increasingly elusive. Ten years afer its launch, it is time to rethink the ENP. This conference aims to make a substantial contribution to the ongoing ENP review process led by High Representative Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn."
  4. The first session focussed on the current situation of the MENA region. On this topic Michael Köhler, European Commission, Florence Gaup, EU Institute for Strategic Studies, Cengiz Günay, Austrian Institute for International Affairs, Gudrun Harrer, der Standard and Marc Pierini, Carnegie Europe, discussed viable EU strategies to help the region recover. The session was moderated by Jan Techau, director of Carnegie Europe.
  5. The second session focussed on the developement of a Neighborhood Policy for Europe's new east. Hardly any other EU country is as exposed to the developments in Eastern Europe as Austria: for example the Ukrainian border is closer to Vienna than the Swiss border. The ENP should avoid creating new dividing lines in Europe and include our neighbors´neighbors. Nils Jansons, European External Action Service, Alain Délétroz, FRIDE, James Roaf, IMF, Gwendolyn Sasse, Carnegie Europe and Werner Almhofer, MFA Austria, discussed with Judy Dempsey, Editor in Chief of Strategic Europe the need for abandoning the "one size fits all" European policy.