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A new response to a changing Neighbourhood

25 mai 2011

The S&D Group welcomes the ambitious Communication « A new response to a changing Neighbourhood » presenting the vision of High Representative Ashton and Commissioner Füle for the future of the European Neighbourhood Policy, in close cooperation with the European Parliament.

S&D vice presidents Hannes Swoboda and Véronique De Keyser said:  

« This communication is born at a unique moment. The Arab Spring opens up new vistas in our relations with southern neighbours and presents a special opportunity to express our solidarity with and support for the aspirations of the people in the countries concerned. This opportunity must not be missed.

« In this context, increased funding, market access and mobility is crucial to achieve our common goals. But, as the communication underlines, mutual accountability is equally important. The European Parliament will continue monitoring the implementation of the renewed ENP by putting special emphasis on this latter aspect.

« At the same time, the communication gives an opportunity to build on the Eastern Partnership, by linking the perspective of closer integration of the partner countries with the EU to their reform efforts. We hope that the strengthening of the Eastern Partnership will also provide a much needed impetus to the solution of the protracted conflicts in the area.

« With regard to all these issues, we fully support the ‘more fund for more reforms’ approach of the communication. We all know that genuine political, economic and social reform is essential for development and stability in our neighbourhood. It is in our interest to have a sound economic and democratic development in the Southern and Eastern neighbourhood. We now expect from the Member States to live up to their commitments. »

 Source: www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

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