A Dark Future for the Eastern Partnership?

No Bright Scenarios if the EU Does Not Change its Approach

29 April 2020

Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

How will the European Union approach the Eastern Partnership countries in the upcoming decade? The Association for International Affairs and Visegrad Insight describe possible scenarios and suggest an optimal approach.

On 19 March 2020, the European Commission presented its vision for the future of the Eastern Partnership after 2020. In addition to a strong emphasis on the economy and benefits for the citizens of Eastern Europe, the Commission communication also sets out new priorities of digitisation and combating climate change.

The Commission came up with a new approach to promote the resilience of six Eastern European countries but refused to engage in the debate offering a stronger political association or any political vision for the region in the future. This remained a challenge for the European Parliament and the Member States in the coming weeks and months.

A whole number of actors shared their criticism, given the low emphasis on the basic principles of cooperation and European values, which in the past provided the basic framework for cooperation with the EU.

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Pavel Havlíček

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow at Visegrad Insight. Research Fellow of Association for International Affairs (AMO) Research Centre. His research focus is on Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine and Russia, and the Eastern Partnership.

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