- Patryk Bednarz added an answer:Is European Union an International Actor?What are the main areas of EU influence? Why? How can we say that in a given geographical area the EU is acting as an International actor?The subjective point of view of MS doesn't make the EU less international than is objectively is. The EU has made a lot of international agreements as an international entity, which causes that MS cannot introduce legal acts incompatible with these agreements. From political point of view, I advise you to go to Georgia and ask who helped them. I know Saakashwili started this war, but the EU acted obviously as a strong international actor. It is very different from the EU in its shape in early '90 when the incoherent international actions undertaken by MS in fact contributed to Balkan War. I agree that the EU can only act as an international actor in some sections like commercial policy (from legal point of view). But from political point of view it grows stronger. Look at Lisbon arrangements, from 2017 the system changes and no longer big MS will be able to push legislative acts despite protests of small countries. The EU is overtaking a lot of competences, especially thanks to the ECJ. On the other hand i agree that the process of making decisions is still very slow. I believe the EU is somewhat becoming more mature. Of course if we assume that the EURO crisis can be stopped without tough decisions such as excluding some MS from the Community.Following
About EU Neighborhood Policy
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was developed in 2004, with the objective of avoiding the emergence of new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours. It includes 16 countries – Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.