Changes in geopolitical and security situation in
Europe, provoked by Russia, urged the EU to develop new comprehensive framework
for its foreign and security policies. That is why in June 2016 the EU Global Strategy “Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger
Europe” was approved. Let
us take a look what place does Ukraine take in it, what are its capabilities and contribution to the implementation of
The EU relations with neighbouring countries,
including Ukraine, have been developed from the very start and up to recent
time in various formats, outlined by policies and strategies of the EU.
Launched in 2004, the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) /// the Eastern Partnership (2009) were launched. Although
the ENP and abovementioned initiatives prescribed various aspects of
cooperation, including security, but they could be described as one-sided and
Geopolitical and security situation around
the EU changed significantly after the Russian aggression against Ukraine. That
urged the EU to develop a new comprehensive vision of its foreign and security
policy and bring it to a higher global level, which was reflected in the EU
Global Strategy «Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe» (EUGS).
Evaluation and the EU Global Strategy from the standpoint of Ukraine
Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Ambassador Hugues Mingarelli explained
the called a combination of different foreign policy views from the 28 EU
Member States into the common vision of the EU external priorities and
practical bridging the gap between foreign and domestic policy and security as
key features of the Global Strategy, which make it different from other
documents of the EU.
The Strategy states: “To the east, the
European security order has been violated”.1 That is why the EU Global Strategy provides a new vision from Brussels,
which represents consolidated efforts of the pro-European forces to protect the
common future of Europe. According to the President of the Centre for
Global Studies “Strategy XXI” Mykhailo Gonchar, the EU Global Strategy
should make the foreign and security policy of the European Union
stronger and more effective.