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Institutionalising the Wider Europe. CEPS Policy Brief No. 42, October 2003 (also available in Russian on the AEI)

Emerson, Michael. (2003) Institutionalising the Wider Europe. CEPS Policy Brief No. 42, October 2003 (also available in Russian on the AEI). [Policy Paper]

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    [Summary]. The Wider Europe has now become a prominent feature in European foreign policy discourse, prompted by the need for the enlarging EU to define its future relations with the rest of Europe and the arc of Arab-Islamic states to its south and east. The EU’s first policy documents on this subject, however, have been thin in substance, mainly seeking to develop more active bilateral relations with countries such as Ukraine and Moldova. Yet at the same time the EU is discussing bilaterally just with Russia a set of common European policy spaces that should be at the heart of a Wider Europe policy. It is therefore argued in this paper that the EU should adopt a systematic approach to defining a complete set of seven common European policy spaces, with multilateral institutional developments to match, thus bringing together the bilateral and multilateral approaches. The overarching institutional mechanism should be through transforming the present very weak ‘European Conference’ into a seriously structured ‘Pan-European Conference’, led by a Coordinating Group consisting of the EU, Russia and a few other rotating places for non-EU states, with institutionalised linkages to the Council of Europe and other European multilateral organisations for the specific common policy spaces.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Moldova
    Countries > Russia
    Countries > Ukraine
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2004
    Page Range: p. 7
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:20

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