Launched in 2009 as a joint policy initiative, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Within this framework, all partners have committed to demonstrate and deliver tangible benefits to the daily lives of citizens across the region.
More trade and investment opportunities between the EU Member States and the six Eastern Partner countries:
Visa free regimes have been put in place between the EU and Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. The EU has facilitation and readmission agreements in place with Armenia, and has finalised negotiations with Belarus. These are key in promoting the movement of both EU and partner country citizens in a secure and well-managed environment.
Easier access to a high-capacity broadband internet network for 2 million scientists, academics and students at over 700 Research and Education institutions in the six Eastern Partner countries.
Support for young people, particularly in terms of developing their skills and fostering their employability, including through more access to EU programmes:
More accessible and service-oriented public services for citizens across the region with new service-centre one-stop-shops and/or e-government services across the six countries.
More awareness of the EU among citizens across the Eastern Partner countries, as well as the Eastern Partnership among EU citizens.