The Eastern Policy of the European Union. The Role of Poland


  • Tomasz Stępniewski The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin



Eastern Policy of the European Union, Poland, EU’s eastern neighbours, European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, Eastern Europe


The paper aims at outlining the EU policy – including Poland’s role in its development – towards the Union’s eastern neighbours encompassed by the European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership. The situation of the EU’s eastern neighbours has become considerably complicated in the last two years (2014-2015). The Euromaidan revolution and war in the Donbas have led the EU Member States to direct their efforts towards stabilising the situation in Ukraine. As a consequence, discussions of future prospects and the EU policy towards Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus have been set aside. In addition, wars and conflicts occurring in the south of Europe along with the immigrants flooding southern EU Member States have led to the eastern neighbours and their problems being neglected (despite the fact that Ukraine is engulfed in war).


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Author Biography

Tomasz Stępniewski, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin

Doctor Habilitatus (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) – associate professor at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and Institute of East-Central Europe (IESW), Lublin. He is interested in the European Union’s eastern policy, international relations in the Commonwealth of Independent States area and Russia’s policy towards Eastern Europe.


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How to Cite

Stępniewski, Tomasz. 2021. “The Eastern Policy of the European Union. The Role of Poland”. Politeja 13 (2 (41):181-93.