The third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius

02 December 2013, Last updated at 15:55 EET
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Joint Declaration of the Eastern Partnership Summit, Vilnius, 28-29 November 2013. Eastern Partnership: the way ahead. The Heads of State or Government and the representatives of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine, the representatives of the European Union and the Heads of State or Government and representatives of its Member States have met in Vilnius on 28-29 November 2013. Read more

Eastern Partnership gains new impetus. President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the leaders of the EU and Eastern Partnership countries issued a declaration specifying the progress achieved in the past two years and setting further guidelines for the programme. Read more

Strategic Eastern Partnership agreements signed in Vilnius.
The EU's association agreements with Georgia and Moldova were initialed and other important cooperation agreements between the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries were signed at the Vilnius Summit. Taking part in summit are EU leaders, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton, heads of state or government from the 28 EU member states with those of six partner countries. Read more

Eastern Partnership beyond Vilnius. Graphic analysis of the achievements and tasks ahead. Read more

Videos from Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius. Watch here

About the Eastern Partnership

Eastern Partnership, as one of the priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, is a natural choice, determined by the Lithuanian and the EU interest to have safe, stable, economically strong and pro-European Eastern neighbours. Our goal is to have pro-active and efficient Eastern Partnership policy that would bring tangible results for these countries and their people. This could be achieved through the joint efforts of the EU institutions, EU Member States and Eastern Partners themselves.

Through the Eastern Partnership, the EU strengthens its bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the six Eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, supports reform processes of these countries, and seeks to bring them closer to the EU.

Main results

Over the first four years of its implementation, Eastern Partnership initiative has brought a number of tangible results:

  • Association Agreements, including Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, as their integral parts, have been negotiated with Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia and Armenia; good progress has also been achieved in respective negotiations with Azerbaijan;
  • considerable progress has been made in the area of visa facilitation and liberalization: 5 out of 6 partners already have or will soon have Visa Facilitation Agreements; 3 of them managed to advance even more – they now have Visa Liberalization Actions Plans, prepared specifically to them, full and effective implementation of which will bring these countries straight to the visa free travels with the EU;
  • the multilateral cooperation dimension has been established and further strengthened: it now includes senior officials and experts working in a number of different areas, from agriculture and environment to trade, migration and CSDP;
  • sectorial cooperation has also been enhanced, with the first Eastern partnership ministerial meetings in the fields of Justice and Home Affairs, and Transport, held in October 2013, in Luxembourg;
  • cooperation between societies at large has been started and such formats as Civil Society Forum, Conference of the Regional and Local Authorities (CORLEAP), Business Forum and Youth Forum are now meeting on a regular basis, thus contributing to the monitoring of the implementation of the Eastern Partnership, but also to the policy shaping.
Info flyer on EaP results "EU cooperation for a successful Eastern Partnership: supporting reforms, promoting change"

The third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius

The third Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius will be held on the 28-29 November, 2013. The leaders and other high level representatives of the EU institutions, 28 EU Member States and the 6 Eastern European Partner States are expected to take part in the EaP Vilnius Summit. The event will be hosted by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and chaired by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.

Eastern Partnership Summits are held every two years (the first two Summits took place in the Czech Republic (Prague), 7 May, 2009, and in Poland (Warsaw), 29-30 September, 2011). During these meetings, the implementation and the results of the Eastern Partnership are discussed, the objectives for the next two years are determined and the prospects for the future are drawn.

Related events

Eastern Partnership and related events (26–29 November) (PDF)

Related documents

Factsheet: Third Eastern Partnership summit - Vilnius, 28-29 November

Eastern Partnership on the agenda of Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council

Joint Prague Declaration under the Eastern Partnership

Joint Warsaw Declaration under the Eastern Partnership

Statement by NB8 Foreign Ministers on the EU Eastern Partnership

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