The November 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit should pave the way to set up a trust fund for Eastern partners and reward reforms by offering them customs union, MEPs said today.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament passed on Tuesday a resolution with recommendations for the Eastern Partnership.
MEPs welcome the significant progress made since last Eastern Partnership (EaP) Summit, held in Riga in 2015. They point out that some Eastern partners have made major reforms and that Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova now benefit from free trade and visa-free regimes with the EU.
For the next Eastern Partnership Summit, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs recommend:
Parliament’s co-rapporteur Laima Andrikienė (EPP, LT) said:
“The Eastern Partnership Summit should inject new dynamism, set out a clear political vision and remain relevant for all six Eastern partners, who have differing aspirations. We propose an attractive longer-term ‘EaP+’ model for associated countries that have made substantial progress in implementing reforms.”
“The Eastern Partnership is about more than signing agreements at biannual summits. It is about supporting the EU’s Eastern European partners in implementing important reforms in the areas of democracy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms. We want to see more progress on reforms and better implementation of previously agreed initiatives.”
The Eastern Partnership was launched in 2009 to deepen political and economic ties between the EU and the six Eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
The 5th Eastern Partnership summit will take place in Brussels on 24 November 2017.