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The Eastern Partnership: What’s in store after the Vilnius Summit?

CEPS Conference Room
1, Place du Congrès 1000 Brussels
CEPS Event

The Eastern Partnership: What’s in store after the Vilnius Summit?


In cooperation with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM). Participation in this event is exceptionally free of charge. A an informal sandwich lunch will be served before the meeting, from 12.30 onwards. Click here to see the programme.

The Eastern Partnership, built on the institutional and financial foundations of the European Neighbourhood Policy, in May 2009, has seen extensive political development in recent years. Not only has the Eastern Partnership (EaP) led to an intensification of political contacts between the EU and its six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine), it has accelerated negotiations on new types of association agreements, DCFTAs, and deals on visa issues. The inclusion of these neighbours into the EU’s common area of free trade and internal market rules and standards, in addition to the enhancement of human mobility across borders, would constitute the most effective means to stimulate economic growth and bind this region with the EU. The Vilnius summit will determine which countries may progress in contractual relations with the EU in these areas. However, consideration should also be given to whether the current scheme of the Eastern Partnership is as effective as it might be in terms of meeting its goals: What improvements might be made in the near future? How might this new generation of association agreements and DCFTAs impact the EaP countries? Is EU financial assistance being used effectively in the Neighbourhood to support a reform-oriented agenda? What are the expectations of partner countries, and how can they be met?

Andrew Rettman

Reporter, EUobserver.com