Posted on 04.10.2011 in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Featured, Georgia, Moldova, News, Ukraine

Second EaP Summit in Warsaw

Warsaw hosted the Second Eastern Partnership Summit on September 29 and 30. Heads of states and governments of EU and EaP countries attended, but Belarus did not send representatives to the meeting.

photo by The Council of the European Union
photo by The Council of the European Union

For two days representatives from EU countries and EaP countries debated the implementation and  future of the Eastern Partnership.

At the conclusion of the summit, a Joint Declaration was adopted, which contains the summary of achieved progress and outlines future developments. Mobility of citizens (achieved through visa facilitation and readmission agreements) remains one of the core objectives and partner countries are promised visa-free regime with the EU in due course. Efforts of Moldova and Ukraine in implementing their respective Action Plans on visa liberalisation were complimented and presented as possible models to follow. The declaration mentions “the opportunities opened by the EU Visa Code for improving visa delivery for bona fide travellers” and welcomes the establishment of Mobility Partnerships.

Furthermore, an Eastern Partnership Public Administration Academy is to be established in Warsaw, to assist with the building of democratic institutions in the partner countries.

‘We have specified our vision of a visa-free regime for all the interested participants in the Eastern Partnership,’ said Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk at a post-Summit press conference.

According to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso EaP countries could expect increased funding (which has now reached almost €2 billion).

Polish experts claim that the Summit was a moderate success, despite the lack of Belarusian representatives present. In a special declaration participants of the summit expressed their “concern at the deteriorating human rights, democracy and rule of law situation in Belarus”.

For more details see:

Joint Declaration of the Warsaw Eastern Partnership Summit [or PDF file ]

and Declaration on the situation in Belarus

Source: EaP Community, eu2011.pl, Polskie Radio