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  • 4 May 2016

    The Eastern Partnership’s future and preparations for the May meeting of EU and Eastern Partnership foreign ministers dominated the meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Eastern Partnership (EP), with Minister Witold Waszczykowski in attendance.

    Held in Prague on 3 and 4 May as part of the Czech presidency of the Visegrad Group, the meeting was also attended by representatives of Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, and Helga Schmidt, Deputy Secretary General for the External Action Service.


     

    “Even though the EU should work out a more ambitious agenda towards its eastern neighbours, the Eastern Partnership in its current form still offers a potential to be utilised,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said at the meeting. In this context, the head of Polish MFA noted the implementation of association agreements with Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, building new legal bases for relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, and the continued process of visa liberalisation. V4 and EP foreign ministers jointly emphasised their support for consolidating the EP while respecting each partner country’s individual expectations. The sides stressed the need for extending infrastructure ties, developing people-to-people contacts, and cooperating in security and countering illegal immigration.

     

    The ministers moreover spoke about the present situation in the region of Central and Eastern Europe focusing on Ukraine. Minister Witold Waszczykowski underlined that Poland, which takes over the V4 presidency on 1 July 2016, intends to keep up the active cooperation between the Visegrad Group and Eastern Partnership countries.

     

     

    MFA Press Office

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