On March 4th, 2015, the European Union, through its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, launched a consultation to reformulate its neighbourhood policy. This consultation, that ended on June 30th, should lead to a political redirection towards the autumn 2015. The Joint Consultation Paper is one of the best papers that the EU has published on the issue to date. It recognizes that the situation in the neighbourhood has deteriorated over the last ten to fifteen years:
- transitions in partner countries are carried out unevenly, and are generally difficult
- the deterioration of relations between Russia and the EU impacts the entire Eastern Partnership
- the number of latent and open wars has increased in the Mediterranean neighbourhood.
In this context, the Regionalisations in the world CIST scientific area got together to make a contribution and suggest that the EU should commit to a Territorial Neighbourhood Agenda, which would give an overall vision of the territory and its neighbourhood.