Brussels, 13 May 2019

by the Co-Presidents of the Euronest PA Rebecca Harms and Borys Tarasyuk

on the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership

"Today, we had the honour, in our capacity as Co-Presidents of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, to address the Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting that marked the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.
Launched in May 2009 as a common endeavour of the EU Member States, the EU Institutions and the Eastern Neighbours, the Eastern Partnership has been founded on our common values and mutual interest, in a spirit of shared ownership and responsibility, to bring tangible benefits to our citizens across the continent. We now boast a decade of joint achievements, and look forward to the further deepening and strengthening of these relations. ...."

Photo of the 7th Euronest PA Session


The 7th Ordinary Session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly took place from Monday, 25 June 2018 to 27 June 2018 in Brussels.

The following seven resolutions were adopted:

  • Security challenges in the Eastern Partnership countries and enhancing the role of the EU in addressing them
  • Foreign direct investment in the EU Member States and Eastern Partner countries
  • Energy efficiency development and energy sustainability in the EU and Eastern European Partners
  • Tackling informal and undeclared labour and enhancing the social security of employees in the European Union and Eastern Partner countries
  • The Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, notably Oleg Sentsov
  • The acceleration of the ratification of the comprehensive and enhanced partnership agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy community and their member states, of the one part, and the Republic of Armenia, of the other part, in the EU national parliaments
  • The EU Multiannual Financial Framework beyond 2020 and development of the Eastern Partnership plus model

The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly (Euronest PA)

The Euronest PA was established on 3 May 2011 in Brussels, when the Presidents (or their representatives) of the Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, Moldovan, Ukrainian and European Parliaments signed the Assembly's Constitutive Act.

The mission of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is to promote the conditions necessary to accelerate political association and further economic integration between the European Union and the Eastern European Partners, as well as to strengthen cooperation within the region and between the region and the EU. The multi-lateral Assembly contributes to strengthening, developing and making visible the Eastern Partnership.

Euronest increases parliaments' collective leverage over topics involving citizens and people-to-people contacts: mobility, business opportunities, education, science and culture.

The number of cross border issues between the EU and its Eastern Partners has grown; they now include conflict resolution and security, trade, energy, climate changes, mobility of people. These issues require parliamentary debate and monitoring, complementing inter-governmental cooperation on the implementation of agreements between the EU and Eastern Partners.

Enabling parliaments to speak together and convey consensual messages helps to clarify political visions for the future, and to make current policies stronger and benefit the people represented.

The multi-lateral format of Euronest is particularly important, as it creates a common experience of democracy for MPs participating from countries in transition.

Euronest and the Eastern Partnership

Photo of the conference room of the fifth Eastern Partnership Summit

Fifth Eastern Partnership Summit

The joint declaration adopted at the fifth Eastern Partnership Summit, held in Brussels on 24 November 2017, acknowledged the work of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly:

"The Summit participants encourage closer inter-parliamentary cooperation, dialogue and promotion of exchanges within the EURONEST Parliamentary Assembly".

The Heads of State and Government attending the summit had received a message from the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, prepared by the Assembly's Bureau at the sixth session of the Assembly, held in Kyiv (Ukraine) three weeks previously.

Euronest Co-President Rebecca Harms calls for clear vision and results for citizens following the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit