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  • 15 December 2010

      On 15 December 2010, in the framework of Council of Europe - European Union relations, the CoE Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland met the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Štefan Füle. The meeting focused on the signature of a € 4 million "Facility" for the Eastern Partnership initiative (EaP), in order to implement multilateral projects in the fields of: electoral standards, support to the judiciary, fight against corruption and cybercrime in six EaP countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine.

    "Today's signature marks the beginning of new partnership based on a more strategic approach to co-operation between the EU and the Council of Europe. This is one of the key external objectives of the on going reform of the Council of Europe and I am very encouraged that it has been achieved so early in the process. A shift to "facility" financing reflects a qualitative improvement in the relationship between the two partner Organisations, allowing for strengthened partnership and long-term planning" declared Jagland after the meeting"

    In the framework of Council of Europe - European Union relations, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has already met with the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy; with the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso; with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton; and with the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek.

    Background information:  

    The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is the first comprehensive initiative introduced into the system of the European Union's external relations, addressed to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The Eastern Partnership is designed to help the countries of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus with their approximation to and integration with the European Union.  The EaP has injected a new quality into relations between the EU and the countries covered by the initiative through their gradual integration with the European Union.

    The initiative was officially launched at the first Eastern Partnership summit in Prague on May 7 2009, which adopted a Joint Declaration. It marked the successful establishment of the Partnership as an integral component of European Union foreign policy.

    The fulfillment of EaP objectives is meant to bring about genuine approximation of the partner countries to the EU and, in the future, may facilitate their full integration. The Eastern Partnership is governed by the principles of shared ownership, differentiation and conditionality. Basing on Union values, standards and norms, it advances cooperation in such spheres as human rights, market economy, sustainable development, good governance, energy security and many others. The Eastern Partnership also stimulates the development and strengthening of contacts between people and of scientific and cultural cooperation.

    The Council of Europe is a permanent participant in two (out of four) policy platforms: Democracy, good governance and stability (Platform 1); Contacts between people (Platform 4). The EaP multilateral instruments are based on mutual commitments to the rule of law, good governance, respect for human rights, respect for and protection of minorities, and the principles of the market economy and sustainable development. 

    *information including the CoE press release

    Learn more about the Eastern Partnership - links to: 

    Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland

    Publication on the Eastern Partnership

    Link to the official site of the Eastern Partnership

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