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Eastern Partnership Conference of the Baltic Assembly “Can We Deliver? Setting our Course over the next Ten Years”

On 31 May 2019 in Vilnius, Baltic Assembly organised the Eastern Partnership Conference “Can We Deliver? Setting our Course over the next Ten Years.” During the Conference, parliamentarians, governmental representatives and researchers from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries focused on three main themes:

  • Eastern Partnership: A Window of Opportunity in 2025-2028 to build European Perspective for EU Association Countries during EU Presidencies of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia
  • Putting Words into Action: Mobilising International Support over the next Decade
  • Mobilising Investment Assistance for Best-performing Eastern Partnership Countries: Working with Public and Private partners

 

President of the Baltic Assembly Prof Jānis Vucāns addressed the participants of the Conference by underlying that the Eastern Partnership is not only a political commitment. It is a partnership of the people and for the people. Within framework of the Eastern Partnership, many comprehensive reforms have been launched, new exchange programmes for students have been started, free trade agreements have been concluded and so we could continue. A lot has been achieved. A lot has to be achieved in the years to come.

Standing and acting united are not simply empty words, a mere declaration is not enough to maintain unity. Unity requires hard work and strong will. On behalf of the Baltic Assembly, I can reassure that we stand together and united with our partners from the Eastern Partnership countries. Baltic Assembly has always stated unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Eastern Partnership countries. [..]

President of the Baltic Assembly Prof Jānis Vucāns emphasized that the Baltic Assembly is open for the Eastern Partnership countries to share best practices about reforms, regional cooperation and everyday strengthening of our values – democracy, rule of law and respect for human dignity. Baltic parliamentarians support building an increasingly closer parliamentary dialogue across all areas.

 

During last four years on a biannual basis, the Baltic Assembly has organised conferences to assess parliamentary contribution within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. Baltic Assembly strongly supports the Eastern Partnership as a strategic dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy and key element for stability and economic progress in the Eastern neighbourhood. Relations with the Eastern Partnership countries must remain a high priority of the European Union foreign policy. This Conference presented an opportunity for policy makers to share their opinions on building a European perspective for EU Eastern Partnership countries in the following decade, mobilising international support and providing assistance for best-performing Eastern Partnership countries.

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Photos by Chancellary of Seimas (authors: Olga Posaškova, Džoja Gunda Barysaitė)

 

 

 

 

Photos by Chancellary of Saeima (author: Ieva Ābele)