Presidency events will commence with high-level seminar on Eastern Partnership

28 Jun 2013, Last updated at, 16:58 EEST
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author: Alfredas Pliadis

Lithuania’s term of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union will start with a high-level seminar on the Eastern Partnership (EaP) which will be organised in Vilnius by the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence on 2–3 July. 

“Cooperation with our neighbour and partner countries in security and defence is one of the fundamental preconditions of long-term stability and security in Europe. For this reason we are particularly happy that the event entitled to open the Lithuanian EU Presidency is dedicated to this subject,” said Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas who will have the honour to open the event. 

The seminar in Vilnius will pull together high-ranking policy-makers from the all EU and six EaP countries, representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), as well as experts from non-governmental organisations. The event will focus on the mutual EU and Eastern partners’ security interests and preparation of the partners to make practical contributions to the initiatives within the framework of the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

While at the seminar, the representatives of partner nations will also exchange their best practice and make the assessment of challenges of taking part in the common CSDP projects. Whereas the representatives of the EEAS will present new formats of CSDP cooperation and will provide an evaluation of the partner nations’ engagement in the practical CSDP initiatives. 

The seminar will be opened by the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas on 2 July, announcements will also be delivered by Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS Maciej Popowski, Minister of Defence of Latvia, Chairman of the EUMC General Patrick de Rousiers and Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania.
Other high-ranking representatives of Lithuanian, Armenian, Polish, Moldovan and Swedish Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs will also attend and speak at the seminar; the closing remarks will be delivered by EEAS Deputy Secretary General M. Popowski.  

The seminar on Eastern Partnership is organised in line with priorities of the Lithuanian EU Presidency.
During its term, Lithuania will seek to intensify the EU cooperation with its Eastern partners (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) within the area of CSDP and to include a discussion of this cooperation along with other CSDP issues to the European Council scheduled to take place at the end of this year.

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