Eastern Partnership FMs meeting: EU will continue to support those Eastern partners

F.P. Report

BRUSSELS: The Eastern Partnership (EaP) ministerial meeting brought together EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from five of the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), under the chairmanship of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. EU Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi also participated in the meeting.

The meeting provided an opportunity to confirm the EU’s commitment to the Eastern Partnership, and willingness to make it more flexible and tailored to the needs of partners. Complementarity should be ensured between the bilateral track and the enlargement process.

Concerning security, the EU will continue to support those Eastern partners who wish so, by providing various types of cooperation and engagement, including on cyber, hybrid, and other non-military means to build their resilience and stability in the region.

Lastly, the EU will explore the possibility of inviting partners from other regions, including from Central Asia to discuss connectivity related issues.

Stakeholders engaged in the implementation of the Eastern Partnership  – the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, the European Committee of the Regions/CORLEAP, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, as well as the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development had the opportunity to address ministers at the beginning of the meeting.