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CIS Countries' Interests vis-a-vis the European Union and Its Eastern Policy


  • Marcin Kaczmarski
  • Wojciech Kononczuk
  • Marek Menkiszak


The CIS countries' EU-related interests are very heterogeneous. The countries themselves differ not only in terms of their geopolitical and geo-economic situations, and how those affect their relations with the EU, but also in their levels of ambition in relation to the Union, as well as their specific sectoral interests. Some Eastern Partners have set full EU membership as their strategic goal; others want to enjoy the benefits of the common free market, and the ambitions of others are limited to developing cooperation in selected areas. Similarly, the EU's policy towards its Eastern neighbourhood is multi-level and very diverse, considering as it must the different characters of mutual relations. The EU and most of its Eastern partners have a sufficient number of common or converging interests to expect reasonable cooperation between the two sides to develop and deepen. However, serious challenges and problems exist that may prevent this positive scenario from being realised.

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  • Marcin Kaczmarski & Wojciech Kononczuk & Marek Menkiszak, 2008. "CIS Countries' Interests vis-a-vis the European Union and Its Eastern Policy," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0365, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:sec:cnstan:0365

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    ENP; CIS countries; EU;

    JEL classification:

    • P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
    • P45 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - International Linkages
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies
    • P51 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Analysis of Economic Systems
    • P52 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems - - - Comparative Studies of Particular Economies


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