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Tuesday, 15 December 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

Recent developments in the Eastern Partnership (debate)

  Markéta Gregorová, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Madam President, the year 2020 has been turbulent for our eastern partners, and the Eastern Partnership has become more unstable than ever.

We have had Belarus cracking down on peacefully-protesting citizens, increasing polarisation in Moldova, a democratic backslide in Georgia, Ukraine’s constitutional crisis, and the revived war in Nagorno Karabakh – Armenia and Azerbaijan blaming each other for the ceasefires and attacking civilians. The status quo kept for years brought the violence again, which is never a way for peace. There is a need for serious debate about the future.

Nevertheless, regarding the issues in the Eastern Partnership, I am more disappointed in the EU’s approach and so-called common foreign and security policy.

We have 27 foreign and security policies, and it shows in our incapability of doing more than these hearings and occasional sanctions. We must have a more substantial, better—united foreign and security policy that will stand behind human rights. Without it, we might just start to call ourselves the European Economy Community again.

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