Nadia Bureiko, Quadrivium’s vice head, participated in the international conference ‘The Future of EU Enlargement and Partnership Policies: EU Actorness in South-Eastern Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood’.
Nadia Bureiko, Quadrivium’s vice head, participated in the international conference ‘The Future of EU Enlargement and Partnership Policies: EU Actorness in South-Eastern Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood’. The conference was held on October 14-15, 2020 online and live streamed via YouTube.
Dr. Bureiko’s presentation, entitled ‘Testing the efficiency of EU’s neighbourhood instruments in Ukraine’ has inquired how the EU actorness is perceived beyond its eastern borders, mainly in those regions of Ukraine which have an immediate border with the EU. Dr. Bureiko has argued that in spite of the EU’s attempts to enhance its actorness in the region, the overall awareness of the EU’s impact is still modest, thus questioning the EU’s ability to wield enough transformative power in the Eastern neighbourhood. The presented study centralized the findings of the questionnaire-based survey conducted in autumn 2019 in those regions of Ukraine which border the EU, given that Europeanisation process is not limited within the EU’s external borders but also generates an external effects beyond the EU – the closer the regions, the stronger the effects.
There is limited knowledge about the projects supported and financed by the EU at the level of the locality (namely, village, town, city) and at the level of the region, despite the fact that the regions where the survey was conducted are subject to cross-border cooperation projects. As such, only 12.7% and 16.1% have heard about the existence of such projects accordingly. Interestingly, the overall awareness is higher when it goes to the visibility of the nation-wide projects – 50.5% of respondents know about the EU-funded projects in various domains. Yet, the Eastern Partnership has registered a lower level of visibility. Only 33.4% of respondents know about the existence of this framework of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. Subsequently, the majority of the population 60.5% agrees or rather agrees that the EU has a limited presence in their country.
The presentation is available HERE.
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