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Foreign Minister Mikser welcomes Eastern Partnership countries' reform progress

16.10.2018

Yesterday, Foreign Minister Sven Mikser attended a meeting between EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from the Eastern Partnership countries in Luxembourg, where the importance of Eastern Partnership was reaffirmed. The foreign ministers took stock of the progress already made and the current state of reforms in the six partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine).

“The Eastern Partnership continues to be one of Estonia’s priorities and we welcome the partnership countries’ progress in implementing reforms,” said Mikser. “We must, of course, take into account that all partnership countries are unique and have different ambitions when it comes to integration with the EU. We need to have an individual approach to every partner country,” he explained.

“Elections are taking place in a number of Eastern Partnership countries next year. We would like the elections to be democratic, fair and transparent, and we hope that new governments will continue on the path of reforms,” Mikser noted. The foreign minister named judicial reform, the fight against corruption and a greater involvement of civil society as key elements.

Mikser also pointed out the importance of strategic communication in the Eastern Partnership countries and the need to raise media literacy, especially in areas where false information about the EU is widely spread. Estonia will continue bilateral development cooperation with Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova through the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership to support the region’s journalists.

Foreign Minister Mikser also referred to the upcoming tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership. “The anniversary will provide an opportunity for the EU to reaffirm its commitment and highlight the success stories of Eastern Partnership,” said Mikser.

The cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries is based on the so-called 20 Deliverables for 2020, which were adopted at the Eastern Partnership Summit that took place during the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU in November 2017. The deliverables are divided into priority areas, which are economic development and market opportunities; strengthening institutions and good governance; connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change; as well as mobility and people-to-people contacts. Additional information: https://eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/20_deliverables_for_2020.pdf (PDF)

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Additional information:

Sandra Kamilova
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Communication Department
56675362
press@mfa.ee

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