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The EU’s Eastern Partnership as International Governance: What Is the Role of the Civil Society?

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Rakutiene, Sima

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Abstract This article analyzes the civil society dimension and pays particular attention to the role of civil society’s organizations within the EU’s Eastern Partnership’s governance and networking processes. The study is based on the EU’s documents’ analysis and the data of qualitative interviews conducted between 2011-2014 from the respondents of the EU’s institutions (European Commission, EEAS, EP), member states’ representations in Brussels, and the members of the Eastern Partnership civil society forum created in 2009. The study shows that the representatives of civil society organizations are seeking to be involved and are existent in most of the stages and interactional modes of the EU’s relations with the Eastern Partnership countries, and this process predicts the conditions for the emergence of international governance in the Eastern neighbourhood space. On the other hand, the representatives of CSOs are complaining about not being involved enough in the negotiations deciding over the Association or other kind of agreements between the EU and their (EaP) country.
Keywords EU; neughborhood policy; civil society; global governance; European institution; non-governmental organization
Classification European Politics
Method qualitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 50-64
Journal European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, 3 (2014) 2
Issue topic Political Analysis
ISSN 2285-4916
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works