Skip to main content

Neighbourhood countries

European neighbourhood policy, strategy for the external dimension of justice, freedom and security.

European neighbourhood policy

Reinforcing the stability in EU's neighbourhood contributes to the EU's own security. This is one the key objectives of the Review of the European neighbourhood policy (ENP) adopted in 2015.

Assisting EU's neighbours, both in the East and in the South in building strong rule of law institutions and an independent and quality judiciary is a key contribution to the objective of stability.

The EU offers its neighbours - via its ENP policy - a privileged relationship, building upon common values - democracy and human rights, rule of law, good governance, market economy principles and sustainable development.

Developed in 2004, the European neighbourhood policy (ENP) aims to strengthen the prosperity, stability and security of countries in the region while avoiding the emergence of dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its new neighbours.

The partnership priorities being adopted with all ENP countries since the 2015 revised of the ENP policy have a strong emphasis and security, rule of law and fundamental rights.

Significant investments to enhance the independence, capacity and efficiency of the judiciary were made as well as to build or renovate physical infrastructures. Training schemes for judges, prosecutors, lawyers and senior police officers from partner countries have also been put in place.