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  • 14 November 2017

    “Next year both Poland and Sweden will be represented at the UN Security Council as non-permanent members. We want to use this opportunity to promote conflict resolution and crisis management, especially in the EaP region,” Witold Waszczykowski and Margot Wallström, the Polish and Swedish foreign ministers, write in a joint article published in Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Rezonansi and on the news websites EUobserver.com and Civil.ge.


    The ministers note that the Eastern Partnership has been one of the most successful foreign policy initiatives of the EU. “Over these eight years, the EU has signed Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. And more, for instance: Since 2009 the European Union provided 1.5 billion euro for the development of companies across the region. Last year more than 4000 students from the region received scholarships in the EU, and almost 10 000 young people took part in exchange programmes,” emphasise the ministers.

     

    “Despite past successes, the EaP needs a revival to be relevant also for the future. We now want to propose a way ahead for the development of the EaP,” write the chiefs of Poland’s and Sweden’s diplomacy in the context of the EaP Summit scheduled for 24th November in Brussels. In their view, the Eastern Partnership “needs to be more focused on the needs of people, in particular young people.” They mention the four following areas in which the EaP should create better results: ownership, resilience, public engagement, and connectivity.

     

    “While the EaP does not deal with hard security it can be instrumental in building stability and resilience. It can also be a platform for cooperation among regional partners,” underline the foreign ministers.

     

    According to Witold Waszczykowski and Margot Wallström, “Poland and Sweden remain committed to the EaP. And, as Sweden and Poland have always emphasised, the door should be kept open for potential membership for those countries which truly transform.”

     

    MFA Press Office

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