Increased funding for Eastern Partnership countries, recognition that not all countries are equally interested in rapprochement with the EU, as well as a proposal to cancel roaming – these are the recommendations of the Commission on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament.
The discussion of the recommendations for the June summit of the EU with the heads of countries and governments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine took place on Tuesday, reports “Gazeta Prawna.
At the initiative of Polish MEPs, the report of the meeting included a recommendation to abolish roaming charges for the use of cell phones in the “Eastern Partnership,” as well as between the EU and these countries.
“Today and after 2020, the European Commission should take decisive actions in relation to the Eastern Partnership countries more than ever, because the geopolitical future of the region is under threat, as is the stability of the EU,” MPs Radoslaw Sikorski and Michael Gahler made a joint statement.
The Foreign Affairs Commission believes that next month’s Eastern Partnership summit should bring a clear long-term strategy for engagement and cooperation between the EU and its Eastern neighbours.
MEPs want EU governments to prepare a clear and ambitious cooperation plan that will provide concrete assistance to Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Belarus.
MEPs believe that the EU should show more engagement and offer more to countries that are undertaking reforms towards European standards. At the same time, MEPs argue that increased financial support should be linked to criteria for reforms.
The most ambitious countries that have signed an association agreement and are implementing a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement – Georgia and Ukraine – should know that the next successes and implemented reforms open up new prospects for them, new sectors of cooperation”, said MEP Anna Fotiga of the party “Law and Justice”.
“We understand that some EaP countries have chosen other goals. The goal of EU policy remains unchanged: to deepen our relations within the framework of international law and core values, as well as to strengthen stability and prosperity in the entire region,” Radoslaw Sikorski said.
The Eastern Partnership Summit in June will review the results achieved since the previous summit, held in 2017. In addition, the leaders are to adopt long-term political goals, define the direction for further strengthening of cooperation, as well as to approve a mandate for preparatory work on the next series of goals for the period after 2020.