The normative power of the European Neighborhood Policy – The case of Moldova

Simone Sophie Wittstrøm Selsbæk

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The European Union is founded on the principles of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law. These norms do not only determine how the Union acts internally but is also the cornerstone of its relations with third countries. The ability to shape what passes as normal in world politics and the capability to diffuse normative power is essential for the Union. In order to ensure a stable and democratic development in the Unions neighboring states, the Union drafted the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). This project investigates the European Neighborhood Policy as a norm diffusing foreign policy tool. The theoretical foundation of this project is based on the theory of “Normative Power Europe” as theorized by Ian Manners, Arne Niemann and Tessa de Wekker. This project assesses and analyses the extent of genuine Normative Intent, Process and Impact of the European Union through the ENP in the Eastern European state Moldova. By using the concept of “Normative Power Europe” is analyze the EU-Moldova ENP partnership to establish: Has the ENP been successful in terms of exporting norms in the case of Moldova? In the project, it is concluded that the ENP has Normative Intent, Process and Impact, but it has inconsistencies in Intent and Process due to and double standards in the ENP program.

UddannelserEU-studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2013
VejledereHelene Dyrhauger


  • European Union
  • Normative Power
  • Moldova
  • the European Neighborhood Policy