Eastern Partnership foreign ministers' meeting: Chair's conclusions on the occasion of the Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary, ONA reports citing press service of European Council of the European Union.
According to the conclusion, this unique policy is based on shared fundamental values and our joint commitment to the principles and norms of international law, human rights including rights of persons belonging to minorities, democracy and rule of law, accountability and good governance, including the fight against corruption, sustainable development and market economy. It is governed by principles of shared ownership, joint responsibility, inclusivity, differentiation and conditionality, and based on our joint priorities. This is the moment to renew our unwavering support for these fundamental values and principles which lie at the heart of our Partnership; to reaffirm the joint commitments enshrined in the Eastern Partnership Summit declarations; and to underline our firm intention to carry them forward.
It is stated that, over the years, the Eastern Partnership has proved to be an efficient, resilient, tailored and dynamic framework. It has served to develop, to adapt to new challenges, including those to stability and resilience, and ultimately to strengthen our mutually beneficial relationship.
It is noted that since 2009, the Eastern Partnership has provided a solid foundation to further deepen cooperation, both at bilateral and multilateral levels, including through a broad range of Agreements and other instruments such as Partnership Priorities, and allowed us to achieve important accomplishments. The Eastern Partnership has evolved and continuously broadened its areas of cooperation, delivering tangible results to citizens and accelerating political association, economic integration and enhanced partnership between the EU and interested partners.
The statement emphasizes that the achievements, such as increased trade and strengthened political association, economic integration and sectoral cooperation between the EU and interested partner countries, will serve as an inspiration for further progress in the future based on mutual interests, needs, joint priorities and sustainable reform implementation : “We need to continue the structured reflection and engage in an inclusive and broad consultation process on our future cooperation agenda, notably with a view to ensuring substantive and timely preparations for the next EaP Summit.”