The idea of the Southern Mediterranean and its role in shaping the logic behind the Southern Dimension of the ENP (en translation)

ORCID: Joanna Kwiecień:

Pages: 87-105

Edition: Lublin 2016

DOI: --

Citation method: J. Kwiecień, ‘The idea of the Southern Mediterranean and its role in shaping the logic behind the Southern Dimension of the ENP’, Yearbook of the Institute of East-Central Europe, vol. 14, no. 6, 2016, pp. 87-105.

Abstract: Launching the relations between the EU and the Southern Mediterranean region was an outcome of a certain ambitious vision that was aimed at the creation of a common space for dialogue, exchange and cooperation in the name of peace, stability and wealth. However, the mix of challenges with involvement of foreign powers in particular, has made the unification of the Southern Mediterranean region almost impossible and, thus, the cooperation itself with the EU very hard. The aim of this study is to analyse the development of the EU-Southern Mediterranean relations referring to the institutional milestone points: establishment of the EMP, its absorption by the ENP, and finally, its revitalization in the form of the UfM. In the first three parts of the study, the subsequent institutional frameworks are presented and discussed with special attention paid to the bilateralism and regionalism issues. Then, a brief overview of further possible institutional solutions for the EU-Southern Mediterranean relations is considered. The study is concluded with some important remarks.