Punching above its weight? European Parliament’s diplomacy in support of democracy in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood since 2014

Directorate General for External Policies, European Parliament and Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI – Emeroteca, Badia Fiesolana

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Recent developments in the EU Eastern Neighbourhood were met with high political interest in the European Parliament (EP), especially following the Maidan revolution in Ukraine and Russia’s military aggression in the Donbas and in Crimea. This political interest created the space for the EP to develop innovative types of actions aimed at supporting the democratisation and pro-European reform processes in the Eastern Partnership region, especially in the three countries which concluded an Association Agreement with the EU – Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. This workshop aims to bring together researchers and EP practitioners who will look at a variety of initiatives taken by the EP in relation with this region since 2014, in particular through the work of parliamentary Committees, inter-parliamentary dialogue as well as mediation and capacity building activities. They will discuss how far these initiatives have been exemplary for a self-empowerment of the EP in the field of external action and their impact on both the inter-institutional dynamics and the effectiveness and coherence of the EU foreign policy as a whole.

Pietro Ducci, Director General for External Policies of the Union and Director for Democracy Support, European Parliament

Adrienne Héritier, Emeritus Professor, Department of Political and Social Sciences and part-time Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Gerrard Quille, Head of the Mediation and Dialogue Support Unit, European Parliament
Joanna Kaminska, Policy Adviser, Secretariat of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament
Myriam Goinard, Policy Adviser, Secretariat of Interparliamentary Delegations with Eastern Partnership Countries, European Parliament and Visiting Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI
Kataryna Wolczuk, Professor, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham

Contact: Myriam Goinard, Visiting Fellow, RSCAS, EUI