Czech Republic, EU Presidency and the Project of "Eastern Partnership"
Oficyna Wydawnicza AFM
"From the perspective of European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the year of 2009 was looked forward to as a possible tuming point in terms of expanding its eastem dimcnsion. In the first half of this year, the EU presidency was passcd over to Czech Republic, in the second half Sweden will take over. Both countries rank themselves among the member states, which participate in the activities of deepening the relations with states eastward from the EU, i.e. the states of former Soviet Union. In 2008, Sweden joined Poland in initiatirig the project of so-called Eastem Partnership and as the presiding country had a chance to bolster this concept fundamentalły. In case of CR - a subject to pre-1989 Soviet sphere of influence and experienced and prinćiple actor in European “Eastem policy,” this wouldbe a logical activity. Owing to the this all, since its early preparatory stages Czech presidency has been perceived as major opportunity to further building of mechanisms of assistancc, aid and cooperation with the states of Eastem Europę and Caucasian area."(...)
Krakowskie Studia Międzynarodowe 2009, nr 4, s. 279-288.