середа, 28 вересня 2011 р.

Eastern Partnership Summit to take stock of progress and set new goals

The Eastern Partnership Summit in Warsaw on 29-30 September will be an opportunity to renew the political commitment of all participating countries to the key objectives of the Partnership, a Council press release has said. The Summit will take stock of the achievements of the Partnership and decide on the next steps “to ensure continued progress toward deeper political association and economic integration with the European Union based on Eastern European countries’ sustainable reform effort,” the press release said.
 
The EU and the Eastern Partnership countries will meet at the invitation of the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk. The EU will be represented by President Van Rompuy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek will also attend. 
 
The EaP member states will also be represented at the highest level, in particular by the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat and the Ambassador of Belarus in Warsaw.
 
The Summit should emphasise that the Partnership “is based on common values and principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law,” the press release said, while acknowledging “the European aspiration and the European choice of some Eastern European countries.”
 
The high level meeting would also “underline the central role of civil society in pursuing the goals of the Eastern Partnership and show the possibilities of creating new instruments such as the European Endowment for Democracy and Civil Society Facility.” (ENPI Info Centre)

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