Silent Europeanization of Post-Soviet Space


A. Strelkov, Maastricht University, 4-6, Minderbroedersberg, 6211 LK Maastricht, Netherlands (

Abstract. The European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership (EaP) heralded the willingness of the EU to create a comprehensive concept for developing relations with the post-Soviet states. The politics of Europeanization (the export of specific forms of the EU political organization) served as a basis for this concept. Liberalization of the visa regime, cooperation with the EU agencies, “Action plans”, adaptation of the acquis communautaire and financial aid, – all these elements are the instruments of Europeanization. The author comes to a conclusion that within the EaP framework, the acquis adaptation will be piecemeal, and Europeanization will be of a limited, “sectoral” character.

Keywords: European Neighborhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, Europeanization, post-Soviet space, EU law, European Union agencies

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For citation:
Strelkov A. Silent Europeanization of Post-Soviet Space. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2010, no. 12, pp. 48-58

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