Analysis: The EP 2020 Recommendation About The Future Of The EU Eastern Partnership

11. August 2020

European Parliament (EP) Recommendation of 19 June 2020 on the Eastern Partnership
1(further- Recommendation) stands as EP’s response to the 18 March Commission and HR/
VP Joint Communication (further- Communication). Council adopted the Eastern Partnership
(EaP) Conclusions on 11 May 2020 (further- Conclusions).
The Recommendation stresses the political, security and democracy issues. The coverage of
the economy, environment and especially digital development are shorter, the latter even
minimal. The balance of the Recommendation text is very different from Communication,
but it is closer to the Conclusions.
The EP document is politically more ambitious than the Communication and the Conclusions.
It will push the decisions of the forthcoming March 2021 Eastern Partnership Summit in the
direction which would be positive in the eyes of the EaP countries and those EU Member
States supporting more dynamic Partnership.
The Recommendation presents explicit formulas about security issues, especially the socalled
frozen conflicts. However, it does not go further than previous EP similar documents
and Council positions. But the European Parliament’s text is much more detailed than the
Communication and the Conclusions. In the Eastern Partnership countries, the EP is seen
on many occasions paying more attention to Eastern Partnership and their main worries.
The Recommendation supports extensive use of the EU+3 Associated countries format
and comprehensive development of sectoral cooperation, so responding to their wishes.
At the same time, the Parliament is more strict about conditionality and differentiation. The
European Parliament stresses the issues of democracy, the rule of law, and the fight against
corruption even more robustly than the Commission and the Council.
The Recommendation is a substantial contribution to the preparations of the next Eastern
Partnership Summit. It pushes the meeting towards more ambitious results and the Eastern
Partnership to a more prominent position on the broader European Union agenda.

To read the full analysis by ECEAP’s Senior Research Fellow Mr. Raul Mälk, please see here: Analysis The EP 2020 EP Recommendation About The Future