EU Neighbourhood

As a key element of European foreign policy, the EU's neighbourhood policy is an essential pillar for the political, socio-economic, and security-related stability of the EU's immediate geographical periphery. This applies to the countries of the Western Balkans, the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) as well as the Southern Partnership countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia). Through a consolidated neighbourhood policy, the EU can safeguard its own security interests and proactively counter the influence of other global powers. The research activities of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy shed light on political developments in the European neighbourhood and develop recommendations for action for a demand-oriented European foreign policy. To this end, we maintain contacts with local political representatives, cooperate with academic institutes in the EU's neighbouring countries, prepare studies and derived options for action, and analyse security threats.