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Senior officials from the EU member states, the 6 Eastern partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) and EU services met in Brussels on March 12th 2018, for the first time under the Eastern Partnership (EaP) revised institutional setup endorsed at the EaP Summit in November 2017.
The meeting followed a high level public event which launched the revised EaP architecture, with an opening video message by HR/VP Federica Mogherini and a keynote speech by Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
Discussions focused on the results to be produced ahead of the EaP annual Foreign Ministers meeting in autumn 2018. Short term and long term priorities were discussed, as well as civil society support and strategic communications, in line with the "20 Deliverables for 2020".
Participants had fruitful and dynamic exchanges, which showed broad support for the EaP inclusive multilateral track and strong political willingness to deliver on the 2017 Summit commitments, in the four priority areas: stronger economy, stronger governance, stronger connectivity and stronger society. Views were also exchanged about the role of the Senior Officials Meetings in coordinating the work across these priority areas of cooperation.