Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR)

Source: Europa Nu.

This directorate-general is responsible for the EU neighbourhood policy and negotiations for enlargement. The EU supports partner countries in both financial means as well as by providing expertise on a wide range of issues. The goal is for the partner countries to undertake democratic reforms, to develop the rule of law and to stimulate economic growth.

On January 1st 2015 DG Enlargement was replaced by DG Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. It marks a greater emphasis put on fostering close relations with the neighbouring countries, and - at the time - putting enlargement on hold for the foreseeable future.



Legislative proposals in negotiation

There are 39 proposals for legislative or other legal instruments of this Directorate-General in negotiations with the Council and the European Parliament.
Date Title
12.03.2024  Report on progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina - March 2024.
Communication com(2024)129
08.11.2023  2023 Communication on EU Enlargement Policy.
Communication com(2023)690
08.11.2023  New growth plan for the Western Balkans.
Communication com(2023)691
22.09.2023  Seventh Annual Report of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey.
Communication com(2023)543
12.10.2022  2022 Communication on EU Enlargement Policy.
Communication com(2022)528


Legislation currently being implemented

There are 13 laws or other legal instruments of the Council and the European Parliament, previously proposed by this Directorate-General, which are currently being implemented by the member states.
Date Title
15.04.2024  .
08.11.2023  EU position concerning a Decision of the EU - Albania Stabilisation and Association Council amending its Rules of Procedure.
Decision com(2023)681
08.11.2023  Establishing the Reform and Growth Facility for the Western Balkans.
Regulation com(2023)692
20.06.2023  Establishing the Ukraine Facility.
Regulation com(2023)338
14.06.2018  Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III).
Regulation com(2018)465


Legislation in force

There are at least 1 laws or other legal instruments in force that have been previously proposed by this Directorate-General.
Date Title
30.04.2015  Approval of the conclusion on behalf of Euratom of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with of Kosovo.
Recommendation com(2015)182