MEPs and MPs from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine hope to achieve a breakthrough in their relations at this November’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, but not at the expense of democracy, rule of law and peace. At the Third Euronest Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels on 28-29 May, they pledged to press their governments for reforms to this end.
EURONEST wants to send a strong message to Heads of State and Government, on their respective commitments and the aspirations of citizens. Members see the Vilnius Summit as a crucial step towards political association and achievement of free-trade areas between the EU and its partners. However, for this to happen, partners have to strengthen rule of law and respect for human rights”, said MEP and EURONEST co-chair Evgeni Kirilov (S&D, BG), as the Assembly closed.
“The Vilnius summit holds promise of signing major pacts with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia, but it will be up to respective governments to use the crucial six months we have left to show progress in areas which have been clearly indicated by the EU”, said Ukraine MP Borys Tarasyuk, co-chair for the eastern partners.