CEPS Meeting - The Eastern Partnership: What is in Store after the Vilnius Summit?
|Date:||15 November 2013|
|Location:||Brussels, Belgium, 13:00 - 14:45|
15 November, 2013 - CEPS Conference Room, 1, Place du Congrès 1000 Brussels, BELGIUM
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?
Daniel Gros, Director of Centre for European Policy Studies
Beata Wojna, Deputy Director of the Polish Institute of International Relations
Hrant Kostanyan, Research Fellow, the Centre for European Policy Studies
Elżbieta Kaca, Research Fellow, the Polish Institute of International Relations
Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Head of Ukraine's Delegation to the EU
Tamar Beruchashvili, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georgia (tbc)
Jacek Saryusz – Wolski, EP rapporteur on Eastern Neighbourhood before Vilnius Summit,
Vice-President of EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly
Chair: Andrew Rettman, Reporter, the EUobserver.com
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