Eastern Partnership gains new impetus
EU News 495/2013
29 November 2013
Friday, November 29, Vilnius - 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.
Over the past two years, significant progress has been made in different areas of the Eastern Partnership programme: visa liberalization, transport, energy, education and youth, environment and research, development of civil society. Cooperation ties - so important for the people of the partner countries - will be continued.
In the joint declaration, the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries have stated their determination to continue developing close relations and collaboration in strategically important fields. The goals set for the years ahead include the further advancement of democracy, ensuring respect for human rights and continuing judicial reforms. Primary focus will be placed on the implementation of association agreements with respective countries.
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