Eastern Partnership summit to set new goals for future partnership - European Union envoy


Beginning of October, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament passed a resolution with recommendations for the Eastern Partnership, setting up a trust fund for Eastern partners and reward reforms by offering them customs unions.

Armenia is set to sign an enhanced partnership pact with the EU on Friday, and an EU official stressed the bloc had gone to "great lengths" to ensure it was compatible with Armenian membership of he Moscow-backed Eurasian Economic Union.

It is part of the European Neighborhood Policy and affects Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

Like those three countries, Armenia previously negotiated an EU Association Agreement.

Most of the sanctions, including those on Lukashenka, were lifted in February 2016.

The EU Eastern Partnership summit has kicked off in Brussels on November 24.

The conflict in Ukraine, which has killed more than 10,000 people, began after Russian Federation invaded Crimea in the wake of pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych's ousting, following his refusal to sign an association accord with the EU.

The Summit participants further voiced concern about the continued violations of principles of worldwide law in many parts of the region.

Initially, it was agreed that there would be no mention of the situation in the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is under Armenian control. They can, over time, sign wide-ranging trade agreements which aim to give companies from participating states easier access to business in the EU.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this while delivering a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Partnership Summit, the press service of the Head of State reports.

But there is no appetite in the European Union for eastward expansion, particularly after Dutch voters rejected the first attempt at an association accord with Ukraine in an April 2016 referendum.

These include "facilitating access to local currency lending" for local small and medium-sized enterprises, supporting "increased access to high-speed broadband", and "progressing towards reduced roaming tariffs among the partner countries".