Alessandra Nervi

Alessandra Nervi
Address: Senior Advisor
International Departemnt
Norwegian Red Cross
Ole Vigs Gate 25
0366 Oslo


The Making of the European Union Neighbourhood Policy and its Coherence

The main aim of the project is to give detailed insights to the development of the “European Neighbourhood Policy” (ENP). Since the idea of a neighborhood policy was launched in 2000 to its inception in 2003 and its official “start” in 2004 not much attention has been given to the fast track with which discussions have been going on at all institutional levels and the concrete negotiating schemes within the Council of Ministers. This project wants to go beyond pin pointing the deficiencies of the ENP (even if there are many) and looks at the bigger picture in terms of internal as well as external coherence in EU foreign policy. The analysis in the project will be relying on a considerable set of empirical data based on interviews, which has not been done in such an extensive manner on the subject of ENP. The project will focus on the developments constituting the ENP, describe the tools provided through the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) while looking at the impact the process of conceptualizing a joint neighborhood policy has on CFSP itself. The main assumption of the project is that the development of an “EU Neighbourhood Policy” will lead to the development of a coherent EU policy strategy vis-à-vis specific countries in the neighboring region (Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova). The main analytical focus will lie on the internal EU-decision making process and on the evolution of the negotiation process within the Council of Ministers and its subordinate institutions as well as on the intra-institutional cooperation on the ENP. The new member states have endorsed the principles of CFSP nevertheless add different strategic traditions and orientations to the Union. Inevitably the definition of a policy vis-à-vis specific countries will require a set of negotiations which will test the “socialization effect” within the Council and its subordinated institutions. The case study will look at a specific set of countries. The countries chosen for analysis are Poland and Lithuania on one hand and Germany, Italy and Sweden on the other. This choice of countries seeks to embraces all different dimensions to be taken into consideration, small, versus large, “new” versus “old” member state, geographical proximity and distance, strategic interests, as well as differing economic interests, European orientation and their history.





Dr. Alessandra Nervi is currently working as a Senior Advisor at the Norwegian Red Cross in Oslo. Before coming to Oslo, Alessandra worked at the European Parliament in Brussels, advising MeP Alexander Graf Lambsdorff on his activities in the foreign affairs committee, the subcommittee for human rights, the election coordination group and his work for the European Endowment for Democracy. Prior to her career in Brussels, she worked for the Canadian Embassy in Ankara, promoting civil society in Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Alessandra also worked as the Program Officer and later as the Acting-Director of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) Office in Berlin. Before her affiliation with GMF, she worked as a Democratization Officer with the OSCE in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Other professional experiences include: work for the European Foundation Centre in Brussels; for the European Union (EU) Delegation to the United Nations, as well as for the EU-Commission’s Office in Berlin. She has completed her PhD at the University of Trier, thanks to her fellowship under the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program (EFSPS) which she was granted from April 2005 to October 2007. Alessandra graduated in political science from the Universities in Berlin and Bologna and complemented her specialization with a postgraduate course in International Relations at SAIS Bologna Center of the Johns Hopkins University. Alessandra is an Italian native who speaks fluent German and Italian, English, French, and Norwegian.

Fields of expertise include: EU institutions and policies, in particular CFSP and Neighborhood Policy, post-conflict resolution, democratization, election human rights and good governance, international law and international organizations. Project management and -coordination, grant-making, philanthropy in more general terms.

Other Information

Research stays:

ARENA Center for European Studies in Oslo (April-September 2005)

Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome (May-June 2006)

German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Brussels and Ankara (October 2006-August 2007)

Conference participation and study tours:

“Institutional Dynamics and the Transformation of European Politics”, ARENA Center for European Studies, CIDEL Conference Oslo 26-29 May 2005

“The Neighborhood Policy of the EU”, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Annual Foreign Policy Conference, Berlin 2-3 June 2005

“The EU and the Eastern Neighbors: Democracy and Stabilization without Accession?” Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome 30-31 May 2006

“The EU Neighborhood Policy towards Eastern Countries Wanting Accession”, Working Group on European Integration, Krakow 15-16 June 2007

“Study and Interview Tour” Brussels, November 2006, February, March and April 2007

“Study and Interview Tour” Warsaw, June 2007

“The Euro-Atlantic Community and its Changing Eastern Neighborhood: A new Policy in the Making?”, German Marshall Fund and Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP), Kiev 26-28 October 2007

“Study and Interview Tour” Kiev, October 2007