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  • 29/10/2014
    663 65744 1 _blank Statement by the Spokesperson on early local elections in Eastern Ukraine Statement by the Spokesperson on early local elections in Eastern Ukraine

    We deplore Minister Lavrov's remarks about Russia's forthcoming recognition of the elections "on the territory of the proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics" in the context of the implementation of the Minsk Protocol.

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  • 27/10/2014
    Joint statement on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy
  • 20/10/2014
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What happens in the countries in Eastern Europe and the southern Caucasus matters to the EU. As the EU has expanded, these countries have become closer neighbours, and their security, stability and prosperity increasingly affect the EU’s. Closer cooperation between the EU and its eastern European partners – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – is very important for the EU's external relations.

Launched in 2009, the Eastern Partnership pdf - 832 KB [832 KB] is a joint initiative between the EU, EU countries and the eastern European partner countries. It enables partner countries interested in moving towards the EU and increasing political, economic and cultural links to do so. It is underpinned by a shared commitment to international law and fundamental values - democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms - and to the market economy, sustainable development and good governance.

The EU has put forward concrete ideas for each partner country.  The aim is to improve relations with individual countries.

On 27 June, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed Association Agreements, including on Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas. These were ratified by the respective countries’ parliaments and the European Parliament. For Georgia and Moldova, they provisionally entered into force on 1 September. 

The Partnership:

  • promotes democracy and good governance
  • strengthens energy security
  • promotes sector reform and environment protection
  • encourages people-to-people contacts
  • supports economic and social development
  • provides additional funding for projects to reduce social inequality and increase stability.

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