Ministerial Meetings

Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meetings

Annual meetings bring together EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from the six Eastern Partnership countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine - under the chairmanship of the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President.

Other informal ministerial gatherings also take place on sectoral policies, such as education and the environment.

15 October 2018, Luxembourg

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The Co-Presidents of the Euronest PA Rebecca HARMS (European Parliament) and Marian LUPU (Moldova) participated in the 9th Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers' Meeting.

One year after the Brussels Eastern Partnership Summit, the 9th Eastern Partnership Foreign Ministers' meeting was the occasion to review the state-of-play of the implementation of the 20deliverables for 2020, aimed at achieving stronger economy, stronger governance, stronger connectivity and stronger society for all the citizens across the continent. While the participants lauded the progress already made so far, they also underlined the need to strengthen this co-operation, to fine-tune communication on its modalities and results, to thwart fake news and to meet a number of standards such as engaging with civil society, laying more emphasis on the fight against corruption, on differentiation and on inclusivity, and focusing on the specific needs of young people.

19 June 2017, Luxembourg

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Euronest PA Co-Presidents Rebecca Harms and Marian Lupu joined the Eastern Partnership ministerial meeting.

While clear expectations on future EU integration prospects were expressed, especially by the representatives of the Associated countries (Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova), the HR/VP Mogherini, Commissioner Hahn and most EUMS recommended, in the run-up to the Eastern Partnership Summit, to focus on concrete deliverables. The Brussels Summit of 24 November 2017 should be a moment of acknowledgement and stock-taking of advancements already in place. The 20 deliverables contain immediate, intermediate and future steps.Focus is on concrete results for the citizens.

Harms:
The Euronest PA wants to accompany the work on the 20 deliverables and wishes the best success for the new frameworks directed to Armenia and Azerbaijan.Judicial reforms, media, fight against corruption are issues which matter a lot for Euronest. The Kiev 6th Ordinary Session of Euronest will take place just three weeks before the Summit. The EU and Eastern Partners should also reflect on the protracted conflicts and the tensions in the region. Ending the isolation of BY and making of it a fully-fledged member of the Euronest PA, on the basis of progress in electoral standards, would be one of the current objectives.

Lupu:
All Eastern Partners now have a new, less homogeneous situation. The Assembly should also work on three concrete projects: a) to establish a working relationship between each EaP Platform and each Euronest committee; b) without neglecting Euronest's inclusive character,to establish a platform for the countries who have signed an AA with the EU (new WG of the Euronest PA); c) to work on the future perspective of giving those countries the status of candidates to EU membership, in order to give new motivation to the citizens and the societies.

23 May 2016, Brussels

Video extracts from the Ministerial Meeting, 23 May 2016, Brussels
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Slide show of the Ministerial Meeting, 23 May 2016, Brussels