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Eastern Partnership summit kicks off in Brussels

Heads of state or government from the EU member states and the six Eastern partner countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine - will look forward to future cooperation
08:00, 24 November 2017

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The 5th Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit will take place in Brussels (Europa building), Belgium, on November 24, according to the European Council official website.

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.

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.

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About the Eastern Partnership 

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its Member States, and six Eastern European Partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It is a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

The Eastern Partnership aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation.

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the MPs of the European Parliament plan to define the model of the ‘Eastern Partnership+’ that is expanded at the associated countries. The model provides the possibility to join the EU Customs Union, Energy Union, Digital Union and Schengen Area and to cancel the roaming charges.

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Besides governments, the Eastern Partnership also involves broader society :

  • the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum ensures that the views of the civil society are taken into account;
  • the Conference of Local & Regional Authorities for the Eastern Partnership (CORLEAP) brings in the perspective of the levels of governance that are the closest to the people;
  • the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly provides a platform for parliamentary oversight of the Eastern Partnership;
  • in addition, there are high-level events with youth, business and media representatives every second year in the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit.
Earlier it was reported that Poroshenko and Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner discussed the preparation for the ‘Eastern Partnership’ summit. Hahn noted the dynamics of the reforms in Ukraine and confirmed the readiness of the EU to provide the extensive support.
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