Overview and Comparison of the Government Programmes’ Goals of the Eastern Partnership Countries

26. November 2019

The purpose of this analysis is to present an overview and comparative analysis of the
Government Programmes’ Goals of those Eastern Partnership countries which have
Association Agreements or have established a similar (CEPA) legal bond with the EU –
that is Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Armenia. All the Government Programmes under
observation have been issued during the current year 2019, which makes comparative
analysis more adequate. At first the analysis looks into Georgia’s, Moldova’s, Ukraine’s
and Armenia’s vision of future relations between the EU and their countries as well
as their other foreign policy goals; secondly sectoral reform priorities for the EU and
Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Armenia are compared with each other and also analysed
how compatible these are with the goals that are set up in the EU Work Plan 20
Deliverables for 2020. However, as far as Moldova concerned, the overview is based on
the programme of ACUM/Socialist Government (came to power in June and collapsed
in November 2019).
In general, the analysis concludes that the Government Programmes’ Goals of Eastern
Partnership countries under observation are quite similar to each other – they have
all set goals to improve protection of human rights and strengthen democratic governance;
to enhance the efficiency of their administrations by fighting corruption and improving
bureaucratic mechanisms, including e-government solutions; they promise to
achieve economic growth through improving market based economic mechanisms; and
promise to move towards sustainable economy. All countries, especially Ukraine, Moldova
and Georgia are making serious efforts to adopt European norms as the basis for
the functioning of their political, administrative and economic systems that corresponds
with the established goals of the EU 20 Deliverables for 2020 Work Plan.
Differences are marked in how the countries see in perspective their relations with EU –
Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova have more clearly defined policies of developing as close
integration with the EU as possible, whereas Armenia’s goal in its relations with the EU
is more limited. Also, external and internal security problems are in prominent place in
those countries, as they are involved in unresolved conflicts

The full report by ECEAP Senior Research Fellow Mr Aap Neljas can be read here: Overview_and_Comparison_of_the_Government_Programmes_Goals_of_the_Eastern_Partnership_Countries