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Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu attends the Eastern Partnership High-Level Conference, Brussels

Press release

Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu attended the Eastern Partnership High-Level Conference (EPP) in Brussels on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019, marking the 10th anniversary of the PPE launch (May 2009, Prague). The event was organized by the European Commission and the European External Action Service and took place under the auspices of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The meeting  aimed at discussing the merits and main achievements of the Partnership in its 10 years of existence, and launching a comprehensive debate on the possibilities of developing this important cooperation platform between the EU and its Eastern partners.

The event was attended by the President of European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, senior officials from the six partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine), European commissioners and representatives of the diplomatic, academic and civil society backgrounds.

In his intervention at the opening of the Conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed the importance of the Eastern Partnership for strengthening the European Union's relations with the Eastern Neighbourhood, while pointing out the most relevant developments in this framework and the EPP benefits and the Partner States alike.

In relation to the main objectives of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council, Minister Teodor Melescanu referred to the attention given to the implementation of the concrete objectives included on the EPP Agenda for 2020, focusing on connectivity in the digital, energy and transport sectors, promoting the benefits for the citizen and growing public and political support for this initiative. The Romanian official emphasized that the 10th anniversary of the EPP "represents a joint effort, maturing, which provides a solid framework of cooperation and supports the processes of modernization and transformation in the eastern neighbourhood."

Minister Teodor Melescanu also referred to the need to broaden the debate on the prospects for the post-2020 EPP, expressing support for a comprehensive and in-depth reflection process that would determine the future common strategic agenda, motivating the continuation of the partners' efforts, increasing the links between them and the EU, as well as capitalizing on the opportunities offered to the benefit of citizens.


Background information

The EPP is an important priority for the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council within the EU's foreign policy agenda in the context of the marking in May 2019 of the 10th anniversary of the launch of this initiative.

In this respect, the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council has taken the lead in supporting the work of the EEAS and the European Commission (DGNEAR): promoting the concrete agenda of the EPP for the 2020 horizon, focusing on connectivity issues; increasing the visibility of the initiative by organizing public events (over 20 in the first half of 2019), and initiating an in-depth reflection on the future of the EPP. These directions were presented by the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs at the informal meeting of the EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) in Bucharest, January 31 - February 1, 2019.

The organization of large anniversary events in Brussels on 13th-14th May 2019 was an objective supported by the Romanian Presidency as an important step in promoting the objectives of the EPP.