2011 could be a crucial year for the development of the EU’s Eastern Partnership. There are some initial steps towards deeper rapprochement, but 2011 could be a year where the EU and the partner countries should show their will for.
On 13 December 2010 the second Foreign Ministers’ meeting within the framework of the Eastern Partnership was held in Brussels, including representatives of EU institutions (Stefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, and Catherine Ashton). The participants discussed the results achieved so far, and aimed to prepare the agenda for the Eastern Partnership Summit in 2011. The discussion goes back to a Report “Implementation of the Eastern Partnership: Report to the meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers, December 13, 2010” prepared by the European Commission.
“The ministerial meeting did not bring any new decisions vital for the future of the EaP. Its task was to prepare the ground for the summit of the EaP heads of state and governments scheduled for May 2011. It also seems that the partner states have been making efforts to show interest in relations with the EU, especially that the EU is starting an internal discussion on the 2014-2020 financial perspective and there are talks within the EU on the reform of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The outcome of these discussions will to a great extent determine the future EU policy towards its Eastern neighbours, including the level of financial support offered by the EU,” Szymon Ananicz wrote in an article “The second meeting of Eastern Partnership foreign ministers“.