In 2019, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy celebrates its 10-year anniversary since its launching during the Prague Summit of 2009. Over the past decade, this policy has gone through turbulent times, but it has also managed to achieve some very significant results. After the first decade of its existence, DG NEAR organised a public consultation on the future of Eastern Partnership beyond 2020, which allowed for exchange and input from the civil society, academia, the EU member states, business community or the Eastern Partnership countries.
The crucial question is how to best ensure that the Eastern Partnership stays as a relevant policy concept beyond 2020. This is closely linked to what its content on both bilateral and multilateral levels should be in the future? What role should the Czech diplomacy, the V4 and EU, including its institutions and member states play? What did the strategic reflection of the 10 years of the Eastern Partnership bring and what priorities should the EU take on board? The Eastern Partnership is one of the long-term research priorities of Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky/Association for International Affairs, which will present its own take on the future of Eastern Partnership and is happy to cooperate on this event together with Stálé zastoupení ČR při EU (the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU) and Think Visegrad platform.
9.00 – 9.10
Welcome words: Tomas Szunyog, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Political and Security Committee, Stálé zastoupení ČR při EU (Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU)
Keynote speech: Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director at DG NEAR
9.10 – 10.30 Panel I: Political and security aspects of the future Eastern Partnership
• Alisa Muzergues, Research Fellow, Globsec
• JaroslavKurfürst, Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí České republiky (Czech MFA), Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, Czechia
• Radoslaw Darski, Deputy Head of Division (Eastern Partnership, Regional Cooperation, and OSCE), European External Action Service – EEAS
Moderator: Pavel Havlicek, Analyst at Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky/Association for International Affairs, Czechia
10.30 – 11:50 Panel II: Economic dimension and shape of the EaP beyond 2020
• Daniel Szeligowski, Polish Institute for International Affairs (Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych – PISM), Poland
• Sandor Ackermann, Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Külügyi és Külgazdasági Intézet / Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade), Hungary
• Yurii Vdovenko, Deputy Chairman of the Boar, Head of Economic eurointegration of Ukraine Studies, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”
Moderator: Zuzana Stuchlikova, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Belgium
Closing remarks: Jaroslav Kurfürst, Ministerstvo zahraničních věcí České republiky (Czech MFA), Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, Czechia
Kindly register by November 30 at bit.ly/EaPbeyond2020 or contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday December 4
9:00 – 12:00
Rue Caroly 151050 Ixelles, Belgie
- Association for International Affairs (AMO), EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy
- Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic in the European Union
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