Eastern Partnership Initiative
Eastern Partnership is an initiative of the European Union aimed at strengthening the relationship between the European Union and countries that are its eastern partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The initiative was proclaimed at the Prague Summit in May 2009 by 27 member states of the European Union and 6 partner countries.
The aims of The Eastern Partnership:
- political and economic integration between the EU and partner countries;
-promotion of security, stability and proper governance;
- fostering cooperation between civil society organizations and government authorities of partner countries;
- encouragement of contacts between people due to the liberalization of the visa regime in the long term and on an individual basis, after the necessary preconditions have been met;
- increase of energy security;
- assistance for reforming the industry and protecting the environment.
The aims of the Eastern Partnership are implemented in a bilateral and multilateral format.
The bilateral format implies deepening of bilateral ties between the European Union and each of the Eastern partners. This is achieved through the conclusion of bilateral agreements, such as association agreements, in-depth and comprehensive agreements on free trade zones, bilateral dialogue on visa liberalization, and also through closer bilateral cooperation in a number of areas and technical assistance.
The multilateral format is a structure in which the EU and the Eastern partners overcome common challenges as a group. The multilateral format promotes the aims of the Eastern Partnership through four multilateral (thematic) platforms and six flagship initiatives.
1. Democracy, proper governance and stability.
2. Economic integration and convergence with the politicians of the European Union.
3. Energy security.
4. Contacts between people.
1. Integrated Border Management.
2. Support fund of small and medium-sized enterprises.
3. Electricity, energy efficiency and renewable energy markets
4. Diversification of energy supply.
5. Preventing natural and artificial disasters, preparing for them and reacting to them.
6. Management of the environment.
Initiative management authorities:
The multilateral format of the Eastern Partnership operates at several levels. The highest level is presented in the form of summits of the heads of states and governments of the EU member states and partner countries. The next level is presented in the form of meetings of Foreign Ministers and from time to time other ministers.
Within the framework of the flagship initiative "Integrated Border Management" of the Eastern Partnership the following project is implemented by the customs authorities:
The Eastern Partnership section on the official website of the European External Action Service:
European Neighborhood Policy:
Information Center of the European Instrument for Partnership and Cooperation: