On May 11, European Council approved the conclusions of the Eastern Partnership's policy beyond 2020, reaffirming its strategic importance, and the joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, and stability. This was reported by the Council’s press service.
According to its conclusions, the Council welcomes the significant achievements of the Eastern Partnership to date and reiterates its incentive- and conditionality-based approach as a means to encourage Eastern partner countries to continue engaging in reforms and increasing efforts in this regard.
“European Council also stresses the importance of the future Eastern Partnership being a more strategic, ambitious, flexible and inclusive framework for cooperation, allowing participants to tackle common and global challenges jointly in a wide range of areas, especially in the current unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.
It is also worth noting that the Council looks forward to the next Eastern Partnership Summit, which is expected to review the results achieved since the last Summit in 2017.
As we reported earlier, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz and Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba discussed preparations for an upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit during a telephone conversation.