Foreign Affairs Ministers to Gather for Eastern Partnership Meeting on 11 December 2023

EU foreign ministers and their counterparts from five of the Eastern Partnership countries gathered for a ministerial meeting to discuss the future of the policy and identify concrete recommendations.

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, and EU Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, chaired the meeting which focused on how the Eastern Partnership can continue to meet the needs of member states and partner countries, the key priorities of joint work for 2024, speeding up the delivery of the Economic and Investment Plan for the Eastern Partnership, and increasing cooperation with Central Asia and the Western Balkans.

The ministers discussed areas of cooperation, including connectivity, transport, energy, green and digital transition, and human rights, civil society, rule of law and security matters. They also expressed support for concrete deliverables for 2024, notably in the area of regional roaming, road safety and transport.

As part of the meeting, ministers addressed the challenges of the ongoing consequences of the Russian war against Ukraine, and agreed to step up efforts to implement the Eastern Partnership’s agenda for recovery, resilience and reform. The meeting was also addressed by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.

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