Edition: Lublin 2012
This paper examines the policy of the European Union towards Ukraine. The 2004 and 2007 eastward enlargement of the EU created a new quality in the EU’s relations with its eastern partners. Another major change in the EU’s approach toward its eastern neighbourhood followed the launch of the European Neighbourhood Policy (2003-2004). The evolution of the EU’s external policy gave rise to three basic dimensions of the ENP: the southern, the northern and the eastern one. Against this backdrop, the objective of this paper is to answer the following questions: What is the EU’s role in Eastern Europe? Does this region matter to the EU at the time of crisis in the eurozone? How does the crisis in the eurozone translate into the EU’s relations with Ukraine?