EU Membership Perspective for Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine: Impossible, Forgotten, Or Hidden?
Publisher: Institute of World Policy, Ukraine
Without reforms and the ability to convince the EU that they can have a sustainable approach to reform implementation, it will be difficult for Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to even begin to engage the EU in dialogue on membership, according to this Institute of World Policy analysis.
The paper offers a series of other recommendations to the three countries that currently have Association Agreements with the EU, including the following:
- Chisinau, Kyiv, and Tbilisi should look at the EU enlargement process from the EU’s standpoint, communicate with the EU, and build an understanding with the EU about its concerns and about how these countries can address them.
- Appoint experienced diplomats, especially in Euro-sceptic countries, and see how they can communicate to the political elites of the host country and encourage them to participate in public life (media interviews, public events, etc.) for the AA states.
- Carry out public opinion surveys in some of the enlargement-sceptical EU member states regarding the possibility of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine joining the European Union. Market the cases for each country in the EU. Explain why it is important to admit Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to the EU.
The report was conducted as part of the IWP projecrt “Ukraine’s Foreign Policy Audit,” supported by Ukraine National Initiatives to Enhance Reforms (UNITER) program, which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Pact Inc.