The Process of Liberalization of Foreign and Domestic Policy: Case of Ukraine – EU Energy Cooperation

Mykola Iakovenko

Abstract


This article is devoted to the analysis of the liberalization process on the
example of Ukraine – European Union (EU) energy cooperation. Due to complexity of these processes, the main idea of the article is to demonstrate how some general international requirements may be completed by the state in a process of cooperation and domestic liberal transformations. Liberalization is presented as an integral part of the effective cooperation between the counterparts in conditions of international regime existence. Thus, this process is connected to the foreign policy of the state, as well as to the domestic reforms and transformation that may create possibilities for compliance with the international regulations. The example of energy cooperation is quite representative, since the tendencies of neoliberalization processes and establishment of the market rules can be observed in the European Union’s energy cooperation policy nowadays. On the other hand, cooperation with Ukraine is quite complicated at the current stage,
however, this state has already started the implementation of the EU requirements in the sphere of energy cooperation. Therefore, analysis of this process may demonstrate some particular modern aspects of liberalization processes in East-Central Europe in current geopolitical and economic conditions.

Keywords


liberalization, neoliberal institutionalism, third energy package, EU foreign policy, Ukraine, transformations

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7220/2335-7185.18.4

ISSN 2029-0225 (Print)

ISSN 2335-7185 (Online)