For the first time, the EU engaged its partners states into the work involved in conducting such a review.
Extensive consultations bore fruit in the Communication “A new response to a changing neighborhood,” launched on May 25. This has redefined the EU’s approach to its partners, both in the south and the east. Subsequently, the Foreign Ministers of the EU on June 20 endorsed the new response to a changing Neighborhood in conclusions.
The new EU approach to its neighbors will be based on mutual accountability and a shared commitment to the universal values of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. These values are adhered to EU member states.