Eastern Partnership summit, 24/11/2017
The 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit will take place in Brussels (Europa building) on 24 November.
Heads of state or government from the EU member states and the six Eastern partner countries will look forward to future cooperation.
They will also take stock of what has been achieved since the last summit in Riga in 2015, focusing on the tangible benefits delivered to the citizens of the six Eastern Partnership countries.
About the Eastern Partnership
The EaP was launched in 2009 to promote political association and economic integration between the EU and the six Eastern European partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The summit will discuss how to further strengthen cooperation in the four priority areas agreed in Riga:
- stronger economy: economic development and better market opportunities
- stronger governance: strengthening of institutions and good governance
- stronger connectivity: enhancing interconnections, notably in the areas of transport and energy
- stronger society: increasing mobility and contacts between people
20 deliverables for 2020 in these four areas were identified by the EEAS and the European Commission in a joint staff working document 'Eastern Partnership - Focusing on key priorities and deliverables'. The report was first presented in December 2016 and revised in June 2017.
Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting, 19/6/2017
The Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting took place on 19 June 2017 in Luxembourg. EU Foreign ministers exchanged views with their six EaP counterparts on the upcoming summit, building on the discussion at the Foreign Affairs Council on 15 May 2017, and the Council conclusions adopted on 14 November 2016 .
Ministers also adopted a new visual identity for the partnership, to better highlight its more structured approach around the four priority areas and 20 deliverables.
Foreign Affairs Council, 15/5/2017
EU Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the Eastern Partnership at the Foreign Affairs Council. They reiterated the crucial importance of the Eastern Partnership, highlighting their unity in supporting the region and each individual Eastern Partnership country in a tailored way. They also stressed their determination to deliver concrete results for the benefit of citizens, both in the EU and in the Eastern Partnership countries.
The Eastern Partnership goes beyond intergovernmental relations. Civil society, media, business and other stakeholders will be closely involved with dedicated side events organised in the margins of the summit.
The 3rd Eastern Partnership Youth Forum will take place in Warsaw on 22-23 June 2017. 300 participants will engage in debates about active citizenship and youth involvement in the decision making process.
The 2nd Eastern Partnership Media Conference will take place in Kyiv on 13 September 2017. Around 350 media professionals and donors from the EaP countries and from the EU will discuss media development issues.
The Eastern Partnership E-partnership Conference will take place in Tallinn on 4 October 2017. The event will focus on best practices and look at political recommendations for the development of e-governance in the EaP countries.
The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference will take place in Tallinn on 25-26 October 2017, in combination with the 9th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum. The events will focus on the relations between governments and the civil society, democratic governance, countering disinformation and on e-solutions.
The Eastern Partnership Business Forum will take place on 26-27 October 2017 in Tallinn. It will evaluate the achievements of the EaP from the business perspective and continue discussions on how to further develop EaP cooperation. Specific focus will be on redefining business through e-solutions, facilitating cross-border business, increasing transparency, decreasing corruption and financing for small and medium sized enterprises.
These events will be organised in partnership with the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The previous EaP summit took place in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. It reconfirmed the strategic importance the EU attaches to the partnership and demonstrated a firm determination to pursue closer, tailor-made relations with the six partner countries.
Additional information and communication materials can be found on the European Commission and the EEAS websites.