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Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU : The Road to 2020

20-03-2018

Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU :  The Road to 2020

In 2009 the EU launched the Eastern Partnership (EaP) which so far has been one of the most successful foreign policy initiatives of the EU. Consistently implemented EaP policy brings benefits. Currently, the EU has Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, including existing free trade agreements. The three countries of the EaP can already enjoy a visa-free regime with the EU: Moldova - from 2014, Georgia and Ukraine - from 2017. EU financial assistance granted to these three countries already reaches billions of euros.
 
Despite past successes, the EaP needs a revival to remain relevant in the future. It has to be forward-looking, injecting new dynamism and providing a clear political vision. The November 2017 Eastern Partnership Summit has made a promise to further deepen the EU’s integration with its eastern European neighbours.
 
In the next two years, all three countries will hold crucial national elections that will determine their future trajectory. Can the promise of a continued sectoral integration alone translate into a continued political commitment to reforms and modernisation in the region?
 
EURACTIV invites you to a high level debate to discuss concrete ways how the EU can contribute to successful implementation of necessary reforms in the associated countries, deepen political cooperation with the region and further advance its modernisation.
Questions will include:
 
- What are the major issues hindering political association and economic integration with the EU?
- Are there enough incentives (and conditions) for the partner countries to deliver the expected results?
- What is the influence of other powers like Russia and China in the Eastern partnership?

To register for this event, please send an email to simona.ovesea@euractiv.com. Your registration is finalised once you've received a confirmation email.

Location

EURACTIV Network Office
Boulevard Charlemagne 1, 1041 Brussels

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Speakers

Laima Andrikiene MEP, Rapporteur on EP Recommendations for the EU - EaP Summit 2017, European Parliament
Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director, European External Actions Service
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chairman, Rasmussen Global
Peter Wagner, Head of the Support Group for Ukraine, Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission
Daniela Morari, State Secretary for European Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Moldova
Natalie Sabanadze, Georgia Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU
Nataliya Mykolska, Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine - Trade representative of Ukraine
Gwilym Jones, Head of Brussels Office, EBRD
Rebecca Harms MEP, Chair Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament


Moderator

Georgi Gotev, Senior Editor, EURACTIV

Schedule

16:00 – 16:30 Registration
16:30 – 17:15 Opening statements
17:15 – 18:30 Discussion and Q&A
18:30 – 19:00 Networking reception

Contact

Simona Ovesea
simona.ovesea@euractiv.com
+32 (0)2 788 36 86