European Neighbourhood Policy: History, Structure, and Implemented Policy Measures

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The objective is to provide an overview of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Focus will be on the history of the ENP and its goals, the institutional structure of the ENP, and the policy measures that have been carried out through the ENP. The evolution of the ENP is traced from its origins in a 2003 European Commission communication to the broad and multifaceted policy that it is nowadays. Then the institutional dimension of the ENP, with both its thematic and spatial elements on a sub-national, national, regional and interregional level will be explored. Finally, we present the specific policy measures that have been implemented on an interregional, regional, and national level.


  • Edzard Wesselink
  • Ron Boschma
External organisations
  • Utrecht University
  • Boston Consulting Group
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • European Neighbourhood Policy, historical overview, policy implementation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-20
Number of pages17
JournalTijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Feb 1
Publication categoryResearch