Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU
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Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU

Edited by Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari

This Handbook covers all major aspects of EU Cohesion policy, one of the most significant areas of intervention of the European Union. Over five parts, It discusses this policy’s history and governing principles; the theoretical approaches from which it can be assessed; the inter-institutional and multi-level dynamics that it tends to elicit; its practical implementation and impact on EU member states; its interactions with other EU policies and strategies; and the cognitive maps and narratives with which it can be associated. An absolute must for all students of the EU.
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Chapter 25: EU Cohesion policy in the Eastern Partnership region: a case of external Europeanisation

Attila Ágh and Attila Kovács


The Ukrainian crisis has demonstrated that the European Union has a strong interest in ‘wider Europe’ and a vital interest in the wider cohesive Europe through intensive Cohesion policy in Eastern Europe. This Eastern Partnership (EaP) Cohesion policy needs a new conceptual framework based on: (1) external Europeanisation and/or external governance; (2) a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area; and (3) the broadest possible meaning of security as its three main analytical pillars. In the present prolonged crisis the chapter can only outline the key features of this special Cohesion policy and provide an overview of these main pillars in the high levels of uncertainty of the mid-2010s in Wider Europe.

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