ECFR Warszawa

Partnership for enlargement: a new way to integrate Ukraine and the EU’s eastern neighbourhood

  • Kai-Olaf Lang
  • Piotr Buras

Russia’s war on Ukraine puts the entire future European order at risk. It is already forcing a profound reconsideration of the EU’s and its neighbours’ interests. To address this, the EU needs to devise a new approach to its neighbourhood, similar to the way in which it has rapidly enhanced its security and economic policies to respond to the threat. The EU should establish a Partnership for Enlargement that offers Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Western Balkans states concrete steps towards deeper integration – and a pathway to eventual membership. This report shows what such a Partnership could look like.