The European Union should should keep its promise of enlargment says Ján Cingel, Actign Head of European Neighbourhood Programme at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute in an opionion piece Prečo na susedoch záleží published in a daily SME on 14 June 2019 

Jan starts its article with the statment that despite the fact that we can not choose our neighbours, the EU can have an influence on them, at least to some – reasonable – extent. He continues with the fact that it is important to have a stable neighborhood, and the closer geographically the states are to us, more we should care about them. In fact, the EU divides its neighours accordingly. For example, the closest circle consists of countries willing to join the EU. Those are divided into candidate countries such as Albania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey and so-called aspiring countries or potential candidate such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. These countries do not fall under the European Neighbourhood Policy but rather under EU Enlargement Policy, as they are the countries that have an ambition to join the EU, which in some cases may take a long time or may not even happen … 

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This article was published after the city talk Europe and its neighbours“ organized in partnership with Hanns Seidel Foundation on 16 May 2019 in Bratislava. The event formed part of a bigger 2 years long international project implemented by GLOSBEC called DIFF GOV: European Governance: Potential of Differentiated Cooperation supported under the Jean Monnet Activity of the EU Erasmus+ Programme.  

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