EU Celebrates 10 Years of the Eastern Partnership

13.May.2019

On 13-14 May, the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) with a number of events in Brussels. The events will provide the opportunity to celebrate a partnership that has proven to be mutually beneficial and has been delivering concrete results for citizens over the past decade.

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the EaP, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, are hosting a series of high-level gatherings in Brussels, in which representatives of the six Eastern partner countries, EU Member States and stakeholders will participate.

On 13 May, Mogherini will chair the annual EaP Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting with the 28 EU Member States, the EU’s six Eastern partners and key stakeholders, and the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

The meeting will take stock of the progress made under the ambitious 20 Deliverables for 2020work plan. This common agenda was adopted at the last EaP Summit of November 2017 and aims to bring tangible benefits to the lives of citizens across the region through working towards stronger economies, stronger governance, stronger connectivity and stronger societies.

On the evening of 13 May, President Tusk will then host a celebratory dinner for the six Heads of State or Government of the Eastern partner countries. President Juncker, High Representative/Vice-President Mogheriniand Commissioner Hahn, as well as Radosław Sikorski and Carl Bildt, former Foreign Ministers of Poland and Sweden respectively and initiators of the EaP framework back in 2008, will also attend.

In parallel, the “Creating Together” concert will take place at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts, BOZAR. The concert will bring together on one stage the well-known Brussels Jazz Orchestra and musicians from the six Eastern partner countries.

On Tuesday 14 May, President Juncker will host a high-level conference in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building. This conference will bring together Heads of State or Government of the partner countries, Foreign Ministers of the European Union Member States, civil society representatives, business leaders, young people and journalists from across the 34 countries. High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner Hahn and the Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, will also participate. The event will be an opportunity to discuss the developments of the partnership during this first decade and exchange on its future among a wide audience of key stakeholders active in the region or directly involved in this policy framework.

Source: The European Union. For more information please check:
https://www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed