The Road to Riga
Follow this page for our exclusive coverage of the Eastern Partnership Summit May 21-22nd 2015.
On May 21-22 2015, the heads of states of the European Union will come together with the heads of state of the Eastern Partnership states. This is the first summit since Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution, the unrest in Donbas, the launch of Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union as well as European sanctions against Russia.
New Eastern Europe is providing exclusive coverage ahead, during and after the summit with opinions and analysis on what we can realistically expect to happen during the Riga Summit and what is next for the Eastern Partnership – the key question that will emerge.
Russia intervenes in other countries domestic processes by abusing the freedoms of democracy established by states, and gaining its objectives through manipulation; civil society has a crucial role in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries move towards membership in the European Union (EU); the challenge for the EaP countries today lays in securing their territorial integrity, as was voiced at the EU EaP Civil Society Conference.
A live stream of the event
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Interview with Konrad Pawlik, Undersecretary of State for Eastern Policy, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
“We appreciate Belarus’s engagement in the de-escalation process in Ukraine. But we should not over-evaluate the role of Minsk in this process. It should not be the only argument for any shifts in policy towards Minsk.”
An op-ed by Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia’s minister of foreign affairs
“Those who doubt the value and success of the Eastern Partnership Initiative have only to look at Georgia to stand corrected. While we benefit from the overwhelming consensus in our country in favour of democratic reforms and European integration, the Eastern Partnership Initiative has provided the concrete framework for the realisation of this vision.”
In Latvia we are very concerned about being heard. As a small nation we have fought extensively for our independence, our “freedom from” and our “rights to” and we understand what defending one’s interests through adversity means. This is also why the Ukraine crisis brought up mixed emotions: nobody was happy about the aggression of the big neighbour, but it was also a proof to our western allies that our ever cautious approach to Russia has been justified.
Interview with Juris Poikāns, Ambassador-at-Large for the Eastern Partnership at the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“I think it is our efforts to fulfil the initial vision of the EU for providing security, prosperity and stability in Europe’s East, which clearly is a long-term vision. As a matter of fact, with the EaP policy having been introduced in 2008, the Riga Summit takes place somewhere between the short- and long-term. This, I would say, is a very important moment in the overall strategy of the EU towards its Eastern neighbours.”