Building a Lifeline for Freedom: Eastern Partnership 2.0

Belgium, Brussels, 1000, Stanhope Hotel, Rue du Commerce 9
Tuesday, October 07 2014 / 12:30

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies cordially invites you to the launch of our research paper ‘Building a Lifeline for Freedom - Eastern Partnership 2.0’ authored by Ambassador Salome Samadashvili, Visiting Fellow of the Martens Centre. The Eastern Partnership Initiative is an important EU policy striving to bring democracy, stability and prosperity to the six partner countries of the EU - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Over the last five years, the EaP has produced mixed results and been a disappointment to many: it has clearly achieved more in some partner countries than in others. Structural policy weaknesses and different socio-economic realities of the Eastern partners notwithstanding, the main challenge to the success of the EaP has come from Russia, which has chosen to view this policy as a zero-sum game for geopolitical dominance in its shared neighbourhood with Europe. The publication argues that in order to achieve the desired transformations in the future, the EaP needs a fresh start, focusing on different players and methods. Failure of the EaP to achieve its goals could deprive another generation of Georgians, Moldovans, Ukrainians and others in the EaP countries of an opportunity for a better life – and the EU of the chance to build a ring of friends at its Eastern borders.