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The Intentions-Declarations Gap in the EU Policies towards the Western Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean
Journal of Political and Military Sociology (2006)
  • Nikolaos Tzifakis, University of Peloponnese
Abstract

The present article analyzes the European Union 's regional policies towards the Western Balkan and Southern Mediterranean regions and remarks the emergence of an intentions-declarations gap. This refers to the discrepancy between Europe's stated objectives and the genuine aim of its policies. The intentions-declarations gap concerns EU's reluctance to implement core dimensions of its proclaimed policies that are less relevant to its interests. Hence, the article evaluates the content of the Stabilization and Association Process and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, which have provided the institutional framework for the development of relations between the EU and the respective regions, while it maintains a critical stance towards the CARDS and MEDA financial instruments that have been devised to support EU's regional policies.

Keywords
  • EU,
  • Western Balkans,
  • Stabilization and Association Process,
  • EU enlargement,
  • Euro-Mediterranean Partnership
Publication Date
Winter December, 2006
Citation Information
Nikolaos Tzifakis. "The Intentions-Declarations Gap in the EU Policies towards the Western Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean" Journal of Political and Military Sociology Vol. 34 Iss. 2 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/tzifakis/12/