Other documents - EU and the Eastern Partnership

Implementation of the Eastern Partnership: Report to the meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers,
13 December 2010
“The EU has been responding to the strong request of partners for enhanced mobility through visa facilitation and readmission agreements and through “gradual steps toward full visa liberalization as a long-term goal  for individual partner countries on a case-by-case basis provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place”, as outlined in the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of May 2009. There has been good progress on this agenda: The EU Georgia visa facilitation agreement was  signed in June 2010 and the EU-Georgia readmission agreement in November. It is expected that after signature, the European Parliament will give its consent to these two agreements which would allow their conclusion by the Council and their simultaneous entry into force.”

JOINT STAFF WORKING PAPER Implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy in 2010 Report: Eastern Partnership,
May 25 2011
“The EU has been responding to the strong request of partners for enhanced mobility through visa facilitation and readmission agreements and through “gradual steps toward full visa liberalization as a long-term goal for individual partner countries on a case-by-case basis provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place”, as outlined in the Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit of May 2009. There has been good progress on this agenda.”

Proposal amending Regulation (EC) No 1931/2006 as regards the inclusion of the Kaliningrad area and certain Polish administrative districts in the eligible border area
July 2011

“Even though the EU-Russian Federation agreement on visa facilitation in force since 2007 already is a significant step forward to enhance opportunities for mobility, the local border traffic regime offers additional facilitations specifically for regular, even daily, needs for travel within the local area. […]
In order also to prevent an artificial division of the Kaliningrad oblast, whereby some inhabitants would enjoy facilitations for local border traffic while the majority (including the inhabitants of the city of Kaliningrad) would not, the entire Kaliningrad area should be eligible as a border area in a bilateral agreement between a Member State and the Russian Federation. In this context, and for the Regulation to have real effect in that region, a specific border area on the Polish side should be included in the eligible border area as well, in order to facilitate and enhance economic and cultural interchange between the Kaliningrad oblast on the one hand and major centres in the North of Poland on the other. “