The discussions at the conference were aimed at both critically assessing the Eastern Partnership’s achievements and real changes on the ground to date, and offering recommendations for adjusting the EU’s policy to address emerging challenges.
In his opening speech, EED Executive director Jerzy Pomianowski stressed that the EaP Summit provides a very important forum for a high-level discussion, however the actual implementation of reforms is happening every day in the region. Linas Linkevičius, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs was invited to deliver a keynote speech.
Diana Jablonska, Deputy Head of Unit from DG NEAR, highlighted that the expectations from the Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels were very high, especially on the strategic partnership with civil society. Alexander Duleba, Director of the Research Centre at the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, discussed the differences between the EU harmonisation for the EEA countries, including Norway, and approximation for Ukraine and other AA/DCFTA countries. He also reiterated that integration and partnership should include having an influence on the legislation, not only absorbing and implementing it.