International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation – Strategies for a Changing World
|eurostat compact guide: European Neighbourhood Policy Countries – Recent economic developments
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"In May 2011, partly in response to the ‘Arab Spring’, the European Commission and the European External Action Service launched a revised and ambitious European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) - confirming the EU’s determined and reinforced engagement with its neighbours. The proposal sets out the main priorities and directions of a revitalised ENP strategy which seeks to strengthen individual and regional relationships between the EU and countries in its neighbourhood through a ‘more funds for more reform’ approach. The renewed ENP introduces more incentives to pursue reform built around a number of important principles, among others: 1. to support progress towards “deep democracy” and 2. to support sustainable economic and social development. In the light of these changes, statistics need to capture the countries of the region in both their static and dynamic forms, helping policymakers identify needs, formulate objectives and orientate policies, and to enable progress towards agreed goals to be monitored and measured – a key component of governance."