The European Commission has published a Joint Communication on the main dimensions of the European Neighbourhood Policy review. The document draws from the consultation that was made last June, which received over 250 responses, and to which MedCities contributed.

After the consultation period launched between the 4th March and the 30th of June, the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have set out proposals for the future direction of the European Neighborhood Policy.

As a summary of the work done during the consultation, the Joint communication define the priorities for the new ENP that will be stabilization, differentiation and appropriation, considering the desires of the neighboring countries and their relationship with the European Union. In reference to the key sectors, the new ENP will be focused on promoting and supporting the inclusive economic and social development; new employment opportunities for youth people as a measure of economic stabilization, cooperation with partner countries in terms of security (preventing conflicts and fighting together against terrorism and radicalization), legal and safe mobility and the fight against irregular migration and human trafficking; and finally, it gives special emphasis to energy security and climate change. The proposal raises more flexibility, efficiency and a new approach to partnership, in order to achieve greater ownership by the partners.

In the coming weeks, these proposals will be debated with the European members States and partner countries, to jointly define new priorities and shape of future relations.

MedCities contributed to the consultation process with a paper that gave special emphasis to the urban dimension of ENP. The key ideas introduced focused on governance challenges and on urban and sustainable territorial development.

The MedCities contribution is reflected in the document published, with the idea of the importance of empowering local and regional governments and the reform of public administration. It also includes a special emphasis on developing more and better capacity-building activities in order to empower local technical staff and public managers.

For more information on the Joint Communication for the review of the European Neighbourhood Policy, please download the document below.

For more information on the MedCities contribution…

For more information on the European Commission procedures for the revision of the ENP, please visit their website.