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The Eastern Partnership: The Next 10 Years
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, at its time a pioneering effort in strengthening relations between the European Union and a group of neighbouring countries, some of whom valued the EU’s abilities to boost the independence and prosperity of its partners, while others expressed an interest and often a determination to join the EU as full members although, for one reason or another, were unable to do so in the foreseeable future.
While many conditions in Europe have changed over the past decade, the need for this cooperation – in whatever framework – remains unabated. And, as the heated discussions at the latest diplomatic gathering to mark the anniversary of the Partnership made clear, the differences between the countries involved in this project about what the framework should include are also continuing.
In cooperation with the embassy of Romania – which currently holds the Presidency of the EU – as well as embassies of Poland and Sweden, the countries which, together with the EU’s External Action Service initiated and inspired this project, the Royal United Services Institute will be hosting a conference on future of the Eastern Partnership.
The discussions will be introduced by Martin Harris OBE, Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Dan Neculaescu, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
Further panels will include ambassadors from the Eastern Partnership nations and high-ranking officials from Polish and Swedish Ministries of Foreign Affairs, as well as leading academics on topics such as the vision behind the framework, its security dimensions, its challenges as well as its opportunities and what the future of the partnership may look like.
The conference will start with a brief sandwich lunch at 11:45, followed by the sessions themselves, between 12:30 to 17:00 hours.
For further information, contact Juliana Suess firstname.lastname@example.org +44 20 7747 4963