Eastern Partnership Summit Opens in Vilnius

wo-day Eastern Partnership summit which will summarize the end of the first decade of the European Neighbourhood Policy will open in Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Thursday.

The summit will be attended by leading EU officials and representatives of the Eastern Partnership countries. Presidents from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine and Armenia are expected to participate. Moldova will be represented by prime minister while Belarus will be represented by foreign minister.

The European Union will be represented by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Mistress of the summit will be Dalia Grybauskaite – President of Lithuania, which holds the EU presidency in this current half-year.

An agreement easing visa rules with Azerbaijan which will also facilitate border crossing for certain categories of citizens both from Azerbaijan and EU is also expected to be signed at the summit.

The measures meant to simplify visa rules include lightweight list of required documents, possibility of issuing multiple-entry visas with a long lifespan, reduced visa fee for certain categories of citizens (students, academics, journalists and businessmen), accelerating procurement of visas, as well as reducing its cost from 60 euros to 30-35 euros.

It is also planned to sign the Association Agreement with Georgia and Moldova. This agreement includes creation of a comprehensive free trade area between the EU and the partner country, aimed at political rapprochement and economic integration.

Source: news.az

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