Eastern Partnership: The Opening Report
 
THE POLISH INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
Edited by Beata Wojna and Mateusz Gniazdowski
Warsaw, April 2009

INTRODUCTION

The May 7 inauguration of the Eastern Partnership of the European Union and its Eastern neighbours in Prague, during the Czech presidency, is an event of symbolic significance. The collapse of communism in Eastern and Central Europe ushered in hope for peace, security and the sovereign right of every nation to choose its own path of development. Today, through the Eastern Partnership, the enlarged European Union, which integrates nations from both sides of the former “Iron Curtain,” seeks to offer similar opportunities to its Eastern neighbours.

The Eastern Partnership is a new regional cooperation proposal addressed to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It is related to the European Neighbourhood Policy pursued since 2004 and is based on the same principles and methods of action. Its principal objective is to bring the Eastern neighbours closer to the EU. This is essentially a plan for the development of relations between the Union and the countries of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, a plan that offers the latter a possibility of gradually joining in EU policies and programmes and of integration with the common market. EU’s cooperation with its Eastern neighbours is to lead to the transfer of good EU practices in the fields of trade, economy and politics, and its pace will depend on the changes taking place in those countries and the partners’ expectations.  See Futher in PDF
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