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Last week, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn made a strong call on all partners in the region to have a critical look at the current policies and practices of the EU in its "Neighborhood".Today, does a country, based on the aspirations of its people, really want to engage and abide by a set of rules; does the leadership want to modernize and adjust regulations in order to really "associate" with the European Union? Do the neighbors of the neighbors want to assist our partners in advancing on an agenda of peace, security and state building? The Neighborhood is meant to be a partnership of equals. Our policies and actions should not only be owned by the EU and the EU member states but also by the partner country. It is that very ownership the EU has been calling for, for many years, in particular in Lebanon. The EU cannot be expected to cover every sector and work with every partner.4) It is clear for some partner countries that the EU needs to be more flexible.
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