Council of the EU


Arya Bangsawan

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Country: Kingdom of the Netherlands

Topic: Developing the European Neighborhood Policy and Pre-accession system

Neighbourhood policy is developed in order to achieve collaboration with east and south neighbours.[1] Such collaboration includes work jointly in key priority areas, including in the promotion of democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights, and social cohesion.[2] Rule projection (the acquis communautaire), rule transfer and rule adoption compose the defining features of the ENP. Local actors and the EU will work together to define a set of priorities which its fulfilment will bring them closer to the EU. The problem of instability arises regarding the implementation of the ENP. Arab springs have been a challenge to the development of the ENP as it causes instability. ENP contestation was the EU’s tendency to disregard advice and instead provide ‘lessons’ thereby jeopardizing the application of the “joint ownership” principle [3].  Pre accession system is also necessary to cope up with the EU vision of enlargement, however case of mismanagement and the also the unwillingness of the third party to modify their policy to cope with the aquis.

The Netherlands believes enlargement is important because it makes Europe more stable and increases the size of the internal market.[4] However, The Netherlands does not wish any country to join until the requirements (aquis) have been achieved.  To help, The Netherland has developed the Matra Program.  ts aim is to help countries on the fringes of the European Union to strengthen democracy and the rule of law, thus enhancing stability. Netherlands also contributes in funding the ENP by providing financial contribution of €2.75 million. The aid is directed providing access to social services including education, health and basic infrastructure.[5]

The Netherlands believes that promoting clear solutions to tackle this issue is important, therefore it proposes:

1.       Promoting a body of assessor internally in order to make sure that the directives proposed by the ENP do not create ambiguity

a.       To create more prioritized goals, thus evading unfocused policies.

b.   &nb...

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