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Euronest: MEPs, East European counterparts to meet in Ukraine
18:16, 30 October 2017
Euronest: MEPs, East European counterparts to meet in Ukraine

The issues of cybersecurity, youth unemployment, climate change and media freedom will be discussed at next week’s EU-Neighbourhood East Parliamentary Assembly

18:16, 30 October 2017

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The 6th ordinary session of the EU-Neighbourhood East (Euronest) Parliamentary Assembly will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 30 October to 1 November 2017. This was reported on the website of the European Parliament press service.

Participants of the meeting will take part in the election of the First Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs, Human Rights and Democracy of the Eastern European Component and approve the protocol of the joint meeting of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly on Political Affairs, Human Rights and Democracy and the Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Culture and Civil Society from March 23, 2017 (Brussels).

During the meeting, several presentations will be held, as well as exchange of views on amendments and adoption of a draft report by the Committee "On ensuring freedom and objectivity of the media in the EU countries and Eastern European partners".

MEPs and national MPs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will prepare their input to Eastern Partnership Summit meeting in Brussels on 24 November. They will adopt resolutions on media freedom, youth unemployment, the situation of women in the labour market in Eastern partner countries, and energy cooperation to implement the Paris climate change agreement.

The Assembly will also debate cyber-security in the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.

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 The European Parliament’s delegation will be headed by its chair Rebecca Harms (Greens, DE).

The session will be opened formally on 31 October at 18:00 by the Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy (Ukraine) and Euronest Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Marian Lupu (Moldova).

The plenary session will be web-streamed live. You can also follow the coverage through @EP_ForeignAff with #Euronest.

Press conference will be held on Wednesday, 1 November, 17:15 at Conference Hall (Verkhovna Rada), with Euronest Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Marian Lupu.

“This year's plenary session meets at a very timely occasion to provide a specific parliamentary input into the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit. I look forward to discussing with all partners crucial issues such as the future focus of the Eastern Partnership policy, the development of cooperation in fields such as cybersecurity, judicial and media reforms, as well as the implementation of existing bilateral agreements and the negotiation of new ones,” Rebecca Harms said.

As it was reported earlier that European Parliament's delegation to the "Euronest PA" brings the voices of the EU together with those of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - the EU's neighbours to the East, the "Eastern Partner countries".

Related: Ukraine wants to hold NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Kyiv

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