UDC 061.1EU(1-04):(470)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 62 (2011)
Vol. 62, No 1143, pp. 35-50

Pregledni članak
Received: 02 Aug 0201
Accepted: 01 Jan 1970


Božić Relja (Istraživač – saradnik Evropskog pokreta u Srbiji), reljabozic@emins.org

The European Union faces difficulties in determining the borders of Europe within its enlargement policy and this problem also appears in determining the end of the “broader Europe” for its neighbourhood policy. The last enlargement has considerably changed the political, economic and social appearance of the Union, while the main goal that was set by the Lisbon Agenda – the European Union as the most competitive economy in the world – has not been achieved. The Union, however, improved its position in international relations in the previous decade, and especially the one to its Eastern neighbours – Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, or actually Russia with which it shares the neighbourhood policy that at the same time separates it from this state. The historical, geopolitical and economic overview of relations between Brussels and the capitals of Eastern Europe shows that the Union has made a great effort and invested large funds to avoid the anti-European orientation on its eastern edges. Undoubtedly, in the forthcoming years it will be necessary for the Union to clearly determine its borders and actually to bring into accord its economic and political relations with Russia.

Keywords: EU neighbourhood policy, Eastern partnership, EU borders, EU-Russia