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Effectiveness of the Principle of Conditionality of the European Neighborhood Policy in relation to the Eastern Partnership Countries (on the Example of Armenia)
International Relations: European and Asian Studies
The work is devoted to study of the ENP. Focus of the study is on application of ENP conditionality since it came into effect until present. This study considers specifics of cooperation within framework of the ENP in RA, taking into account current results of the country's membership in the EAEC and signing of CEPA with the EU. Furthermore, the author carried out a synthesis of previous studies on implementation of the ENP and application of its basic principle - conditionality. The author identified key factors affecting achievement of ENP objectives with reliance on the theory of external governance. The author reveals whether the principle of conditionality is an effective tool of the ENP, making an assessment on the practice of application and revealing signs of effectiveness of the principle of conditionality in the ENP using RA as an example. Author investigated factors influencing the effectiveness of policy in context of theory of external governance; revealed the theoretical basis of the ENP; disclosed goals and tools of the ENP; analyzed the legal and regulatory framework of the EU-RA relations and determined prospects for the development of further cooperation. In general, conclusion is made that despite the desire and aspiration of the EU and its partner countries to deepen bilateral relations based on mutual interests and benefits, the ENP achieves nominal results expressed in agreements, but is far from the true goals which are security and stability, easy access to resources and markets, creating a bridge between the West and the East, since the ENP does not take into account the impact of external and internal factors in target countries. As a result of the study, it is stated that the EU is trying to establish relations with its neighboring countries within the framework of the ENP, yet concrete results cannot be achieved as effectiveness of the implementation of conditionality strongly depends on external and internal factors in target countries.