Estonian Foreign Policy

Estonia’s Co-operation With the EU’s Southern Neighbourhood: Strategic Objectives and Focus

The countries of the Middle East and North Africa are often viewed by Europeans primarily through the lens of security, but in order to address security problems, it is necessary to focus on the economic and social development of these countries. The EU seeks to promote cooperation and spread democratic values through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which was established in 2004. Although the negative developments in the region reflect the ineffectiveness of the ENP, its goals continue to be important. For Estonia, the ENP is a significant framework that creates solidarity among the priorities of different member states and lays down common goals.

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Estonia is Punching Above Its Weight in the EU

In general, Estonia is perceived as a pragmatic and constructive partner in the EU. Estonia’s good reputation is based on paying attention to the interests of other member states and their priorities while pursuing its own goals. As a small state with limited resources Estonia is punching above its weight by being innovative and energetic.

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