Good or Bad Neighbours: Europe’s Main Security Challenge

Belgium, Brussels, 1000, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Tuesday, January 31 2017 / 12:30


During times of turbulence and instability, the EU must respond by taking bold and decisive action to ensure its own security and protect its long-term interests.This event will mark the launch of Good or Bad Neighbours: Europe’s Main Security Challenge, a paper by former Georgian Ambassador Salome Samadashvili.

The paper argues that EU should connect the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) to the EU’s Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. For too long the EU has neglected to consider ENP countries as an ad hoc last line of defence before its own borders. Instead, the EU should treat the European Neighbourhood as a geopolitical project that places security at the forefront of the initiative.

Questions remain, however, as to what concrete measures the EU can take to provide these nations with enhanced security, and to what extent it should devote resources for doing so. Also, if the scope of the ENP were expanded to include security, will its neighbourhood be so welcoming of the EU’s offer to play a larger security role or will there be resistance?