Eastern Partnership meeting under a new institutional set-up: keep on delivering for the benefit of citizens
Representatives from EU Member States and the six Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine met today in Brussels and agreed on the key priorities for 2018 to deliver on the commitments taken at the Eastern Partnership Summit of 24 November 2017.
Opening the event, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations stated:
"I welcome the strong commitment by all partners to deliver on the issues that have a meaningful impact on lives of citizens across the Eastern Partnership. Today's meeting, provided us with the opportunity to agree on what we can achieve together throughout 2018, on the basis of the "20 Deliverables for 2020" commitment".
The meeting focused on the role of the renewed Eastern Partnership in delivering results for the benefit of people according to the "20 Deliverables for 2020" agenda under a new institutional set-up. This was the first meeting organised under the new institutional structure which was officially adopted at the Eastern Partnership Summit to ensure a more results-oriented approach. The new set-up aims at supporting more efficiently the reform processes in the six partner countries in the following four priority areas:
- Stronger economy: economic development and better market opportunities;
- Stronger governance: strengthening of institutions and good governance;
- Stronger connectivity: enhancing connectivity, notably in the areas of transport and energy, as well as environment and climate change;
- Stronger society: increasing mobility and contacts between people.