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The European Union’s Eastern Partnership

Looking East

April 2014, Number 05.02

“The former Soviet republics of Georgia and Moldova each have taken a big leap toward European integration. On November 28, 2013, leaders of the two countries initialed Association Agreements with the European Union, committing them to a path of economic and democratic reform. The hard work of implementing those reforms is just beginning, and if Georgia and Moldova formalize the agreement in September 2014, the EU will remove some trade and travel barriers with those countries.

The agreements were reached through the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP), a multilateral cooperative initiative between the EU and six former Soviet republics from Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The EaP advances concepts such as the rule of law, human rights and democracy to improve security and open new markets to a region deemed strategically important. Within the forum of the EaP, each partner country negotiates a bilateral Association Agreement with the EU based on the country’s specific progress and priorities...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Looking East,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 2, 2014: 60-63.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.