The EU approach to conflicts is reactive rather than proactive. In many cases it responds only when a tense situation has arisen or after a violent clash has occurred. Intervention at an earlier stage is more effective, provided it is based on a sound analysis of a country’s potential for conflict. The EU should, in the context of the policies it pursues, enhance its capacity to respond to early political signs of impending conflicts.

Title The Impact of Contractual Relations Between EC/EU and Centeal and Eastern European Countries in Solving Local Conflicts
Author Nikos Frangakis
Edition WP98.008, 1998