1st Edition

EU Neighbourhood Policy in the Maghreb Implementing the ENP in Tunisia and Morocco Before and After the Arab Uprisings

By Iole Fontana Copyright 2017
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In light of their geographical proximity and crucial strategic importance, the European Union (EU) has long identified cooperation with the countries of the Mediterranean region a central priority of its external relations and has developed a complex set of policies and instruments. Yet, there is a certain academic consensus that EU external policies in the area did not live up to their original expectations, insofar as little progress was made to accomplish the proclaimed goals while the implementation of structural reforms proved to be extremely problematic. These deficiencies in EU Mediterranean policies are symptomatic of what is a greater challenge in EU external policy-making: the struggle for implementation.

    This book analyses the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in the Mediterranean, focusing on specific programs financed under the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument in the years before and after the Arab uprisings. Building on a comparative analysis of two Maghreb countries, Tunisia and Morocco, it provides an in-depth investigation on the role of domestic actors in constraining or providing points of opportunity for the implementation of the ENP. The book presents new empirical data and, by focusing on the role of local actors in the neighbouring countries, it offers interesting insights not only into the ENPI complex processes of implementation, but also on the challenges of the E U in the region and the state of relations with the Southern neighbourhood.

    Through the prism of the European Neighbourhood Policy, the book provides a window into the internal politics and relevant issues of Maghreb countries. It will therefore be a valuable resource for students and scholars of European and Mediterranean Studies, as well as those interested in EU international relations.

    1. Introduction 2. Explaining Implementation in the Neighbourhood: A Governance Approach 3. The Implementation of ENP Programs in Morocco and Tunisia: The Role of Domestic Political Actors 4. The Arab Uprisings and Domestic Political Actors: What Impact on the Implementation of the ENP 5. The Implementation of ENP Programs in Morocco and Tunisia: The Role of Administration and its Capacity 6. The Role of Civil Society in Morocco and Tunisia: The Implementation of the ENP Conclusion


    Iole Fontana is a Teaching Assistant and Tutor of the Jean Monnet Chair EUMedEA in the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Catania. She received her PhD in Institutions, Politics and Policies, from the Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca, Italy. She conducted research at the London School of Economics and the University Hassan II in Casablanca. She collaborated with the EEAS Delegation in Tunisia.