In the context of the 10th anniversary of EU’s partnership with its six Eastern neighbouring countries, COMECE will address the future priorities of this policy framework during the Autumn meeting of its Commission on EU External Affairs, discussing ways to empower youth, families and local communities.
Following the June 2019 European Council, the European Commission and the European External Action Service are supposed to present by early 2020 a proposal on the long-term policy objectives for EU´s relations with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
In dialogue with local Bishops’ Conferences, COMECE is actively accompanying this reflection process, looking beyond the “20 Deliverables for 2020”. According to COMECE the priority should be the empowerment of young people, families and local communities at all levels of economic, social and political life.
A renewed Eastern Partnership should be based on an inclusive engagement of all parts of society as key to address common challenges to human security, peace and sustainable development.
COMECE will address the topic of the Eastern Partnership in dialogue with EU officials at the next meeting of its Commission for EU External Relations on 30 September/1 October 2019.