On October 23, 2020 on the initiative of the Embassy of Georgia, the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova, the Embassy of Ukraine, accredited to Ireland, and with the support of the Institute of International and European Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland a webinar entitled Towards the EU: Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine – vision for the future of the Eastern Partnership was held.
The key speakers were Mr. Lawrence Meredith, Director, Neighborhood East and Institution Building, European Commission, Mr. Joe Hackett, Assistant Secretary, Director General of the European Union Division, the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, Ms. Salome Shapakidze, Head of the EU Integration Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Mr. Vladimir Cuc, Acting Head of the European Integration Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, and Ms. Maryna Mykhailenko, Director of the Department for the European Union and NATO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
The panel discussion highlighted that further success of the Eastern Partnership depends on the readiness to set new ambitious goals for its members, first and foremost for the Associated Countries Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. To this end and given different level of the European integration and reforms implemented, the differentiation and conditionality principles need to be applied.
The speakers agreed on the importance to strengthen cooperation within the security dimension of the Eastern Partnership with particular focus on fighting COVID-19 pandemic, cyber threats, disinformation etc.
Special thanks were extended to the EU member states for their solidarity and mobilized assistance package to respond to COVID-19 pandemic consequences.
Ahead of the next year Eastern Partnership summit the Associated Countries Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine expect that it will formulate detailed post-2020 agenda with due respect to their ambitions and aspirations on the way towards the EU.
The members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of EU institutions, academia, non-governmental organisations and the media also were engaged into the panel discussion.
The Embassies of Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine express special thanks to all speakers and participants, as well as to Mr. Michael Collins, Director General, and Mr. Andrew Gilmore from the Institute of International and European Affairs, and Mr. John O’Brennan, Director of the Maynooth Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, Vice President of the Irish Association for Contemporary European Studies for their valuable contributions to the success of the event.