IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EU’S NORMATIVE POWER IN ARMENIA: TRANSFORMATION OR TOLERATION?


Dilaver T.

Review of Armenian Studies, vol.0, no.42, pp.103-121, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 0 Issue: 42
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: Review of Armenian Studies
  • Journal Indexes: Academic Search Premier, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), Index Islamicus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.103-121
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No

Abstract

The European Union, with the need of ensuring its security,established relations with the newly independent countries after thedissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. The method for providing the EU’ssecurity was determined in the Common Foreign and Security Policysection in the Maastricht Treaty and extended with the EuropeanNeighborhood Policy. The imposition of EU values on EU’s neighbors formsthe basis of these policies. By this way, it is thought that an environment ofthe lasting peace will be established. Ian Manners, who examined thesepolicies, describes the EU as a normative power. According to him, the EUhas the ability to change, transform, and Europeanize other countries.Bilateral relations with Armenia started in 1991 and gained an institutionalframe with the Partnership Agreement in 1999. However, neither PCA northe Action Plan that was prepared for the implementation of PCA had theexpected effect. Following the revising of the EU’s own foreign policy, theEastern Partnership program was initiated, and Armenia was included this program. In 2017, the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreementwas signed. With this Agreement, the EU got a chance to act as a normativepower in Armenia. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the effectivenessof the EU as a normative power in Armenia. For this purpose, the 1999Association Agreement, the Action Plan, the Country Progress Reports, theComprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement and finally theimplementation reports of this agreement will be examined.