Diplomats in Brussels publish Eastern Partnership Riga Summit Draft Document
In preparation for the Eastern Partnership Riga Summit of 21-22 May 2015, Brussels has prepared a draft document that offers little to EU aspirant countries of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The summit was expected to provide concrete steps in the EU integration process for the three countries and there was hope that it would offer some indication that Eastern Partnership members would join EU at some point in the future.
Of the Eastern Partnership members, Tbilisi, Kiev and Chi’inгu signed the EU Association Agreement most recently and have since reaffirmed their desire to become member states of the European Union.
However, the document that will be advocated at the summit solely notes that: “in the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership, the summit participants reaffirm the sovereign right of each partner freely to choose the level of ambition and the goals to which it aspires in its relations with the European Union.”
The EU’s Eastern Partnership brings together the post-Soviet countries of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia and aims to increase their ties with the European region.