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Summary: December 9, 2004: European Neighbourhood Policy: the first Action Plans (Brussels)
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Moldova, Ukraine, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority are the first of the EU’s neighbours to agree Action Plans that will make concrete the European Union’s new offer under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). These first plans – approved today by the European Commission – are the product of negotiations with each country, and in each case the plan is specifically designed to reflect the specific interests of the country concerned. The Action Plans will help strengthen democracy, good governance, the rule of law and human rights as well as helping with economic modernisation. The concrete benefits they contain, include the chance to participate in some EU programmes and a stake in Single Market. In addition the EU is offering more targeted help to tackle cross border issues, such as migration and trafficking, as well as improved interconnections and physical links with the EU in areas like energy and transport.
My aim is to create a ring of friends around the borders of our enlarged EU” said Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner for External Relations and the European Neighbourhood Policy. “We have worked with our neighbours to devise tailor-made plans that meet the needs and reflect the requests of each partner. Our offer – greater co-operation, more financial assistance, and a chance to benefit from a closer relationship with Europe, - will bring real benefits to both sides in a range of fields from Education to the Environment, and from Transport to the fight against Terrorism”.
The Action Plans reflect the EU’s determination not to allow new dividing lines to grow up around the enlarged Union, but rather to export the stability and prosperity that the EU enjoys. The Plans will: