2011.12.16
Before being able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the newly launched EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative, it seemed reasonable to recapitulate, what it really entails and straighten out some facts that are sometimes overlooked in the heat of the debate. The discussion therefore opened with a presentation that sought to be both, clarifying and explanatory as regards to the actual aims of the EaP.
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2011.12.16
Introduction

By Sebastian Schäffer and Dominik Tolksdorf Through several events the Eastern neighbourhood of the European Union became a focus of the EU foreign policy during the last couple of months. Since the war in Georgia in August 2008, there has been increased international interest in the south Caucasus region. The request for NATO membership by Kiev and Tbilisi as well as the gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine in January 2009 have led to controversial debates in Europe, the USA and elsewhere.Observing closely the role of the Russian Federation towards its neighbouring countries and the tensions and/or frozen conflicts in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, the EU sees itself in a position to become more actively involved in the region. Besides stability aspects, the EU has various interests in the Black Sea region, among them the goal to secure and establish old and new energy transport routes.
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2011.12.16
The document describes following issues: Eastern Partnership initiative; the contents of the Eastern Partnership Proposal; Eastern Partnership and the prospects of further EU enlargement to the East; Reactions of the countries concerned; Domestic reactions...
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2011.12.16
AER Breakfast briefifing
Eastern partnership: where do we stand a year later?
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2011.12.16

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) launched in Prague on May 7, 2009 foresees a substantial upgrading of the level of engagement of the EU with the six partner countries in the East.
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2011.12.16
\"EU-Georgia relations are strengthening rapidly. In the context of the Eastern Partnership, significant steps have been taken to enhance bilateral EU-Georgia relations. Discussions on the draft negotiation directives for an Association Agreement are now coming to an end. This means that it should be soon possible to start negotiations on this Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.
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2011.12.16
 Platforms and Panels
For the thematic platform on Democracy, good governance and stability, the Commission proposes...
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2011.12.16
Policy Brief - Nº 11 - MAY 2009
Natalia Shapovalova

Highlights

• The EU is increasing its engagement with the Eastern neighbourhood in order to deal with numerous crises.
• The new policy remains within the limits of the European Neighbourhood Policy: it comes with no prospect of accession or of freedom of movement for the populations, and the aid offered is modest.
• One size does not fit all: the EU offers too little to the Eastern periphery’s frontrunners and too much to the laggards.

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  • Increase in natural and man-made disasters (floods, fires, health risks, maritime pollution) also because of climate change).  
  • Need to counter negative effects on the economic growth potential of a country.
  •  Contribute to the stability in the region and support efforts to adapt to climate change.
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Rationale
EaP partners, EU member states and more advanced economies share, at different degrees, constraints in relation to the development of SME’s. These are:
  • Inadequacy, at varying degrees, of the business regulatory framework. This includes cumbersome procedures for creating, establishing, closing a business and complex tax obligations with high compliance cost.
  • Lack of available and/or cost  effective advisory services. The experience of ongoing programmes shows a growing demand for these services as well as for proper pricing.
  • Lack of funding due to under-developed capital markets and a financial sector still in transition.

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