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28 May
2019

„Ten Years of EaP: Today’s Achievements, Tomorrow’s Goals“ - сonference…

Vienna, Austria 28/05/2019
29 May
2019

EU4Digital: ICT innovation workshop

Baku, Azerbaijan 29/05/2019
4 Jun
2019

EU4Digital: eTrade workshop

Minsk, Belarus 04/06/2019

20 deliverables for 2020

Cross cutting deliverables

The EU and partner countries’ cooperation features three cross-cutting issues: engagement with civil society, women’s empowerment and gender balance, and strategic communication.

While progress has been achieved in the area of strengthening strategic communication, creating an enabling environment for civil society and independent media needs urgent attention.

  • Moderate progress:
  • On track:
  • Completed:
  • EaP citizens’ positive perception of the EU is increasing: trust in the EU is higher than ever, with 61% (up 4% since 2017) of citizens considering the EU as the most trustworthy foreign institution.
  • Creating an enabling environment for civil society
  • Supporting pluralism and independent media
  • Ensuring gender equality and non-discrimination

Special attention needs to be paid to Deliverable 1 (civil society support), where an enabling environment for civil society needs to be strengthened more actively.

In Deliverable 2 (Gender equality and non-discrimination), implementation of Gender Action Plans needs to be further improved, anti-discrimination laws better aligned with international standards and the Istanbul Convention signed and ratified by remaining Partner Countries.

In Deliverable 3 (strategic communication), further focus on the media environment, with special attention on media plurality and professionalism is required.

Stronger economy

Building the economic resilience of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine is at the heart of the EU’s contribution towards having a stable neighbourhood.

In this context, the EU and EaP partner countries are working together to develop stronger, diversified and vibrant economies across the region. Significant progress has been made to help small and medium-sized businesses (SME) grow; to attract investments; to create jobs in new sectors; and to increase trade opportunities by supporting access to new markets.

  • Moderate progress:
  • On track:
  • Completed:
  • More than 50% of the EU’s loans to SMEs are now in local currency. For example: 6,500 Georgian SMEs have received loans under the EU4Business Initiative
  • Increase in trade between all six partner countries and the EU since 2016: by 15% with Armenia, 17% with Azerbaijan, 19% with Belarus, 6% with Georgia, 20% with Moldova, and 24% with Ukraine
  • Consensus with all six partner countries on a perspective for a roaming agreement for the region by 2020.

Special attention needs to be paid to Deliverable 7 (digital markets) to ensure the commitments made are effectively implemented.

In Deliverable 8 (trade), it is necessary to address the mixed performance of intra-regional trade (e.g. an EU financed dedicated Trade Helpdesk would be instrumental to this effect) and to assure the full implementation of trade agreements to maximise benefits in the medium and long term. Moreover, efforts need to be enhanced to fulfil the conditions for starting the negotiations of Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA).

Stronger governance

Scaling-up efforts in the area of strengthening institutions and good governance is a top priority for the EU in the EaP countries where challenges remain.

In particular, more efforts need to be made in the rule of law, implementing key judicial reforms, and in the fight against corruption. These are the preconditions for citizens’ trust in the state, long-term stability and an investment-safe climate.

  • Moderate progress:
  • On track:
  • Completed:
  • Strengthening the rule of law
  • Implementing key judicial reforms and reinforcing public administration
  • Strengthening security cooperation, notably to tackle organised crime, support conflict resolution, and protect against new threats and cybersecurity

Special attention needs to be paid to Deliverable 9 (rule of law), in particular as regards establishing high-level anti-corruption bodies, setting up of a track record of investigations and convictions of high-level and complex corruption cases, enhancing cooperation on tools for financial investigations and establishing public registries of beneficial ownership.

Regarding Deliverable 10 (key judicial reforms), progress is needed as regards merit-based recruitment, reduction of backlog of cases and enforcement of judgements in civil and administrative cases.

In Deliverable 12 (security), there is a need to strengthen the capacity of cybercrime units created within law enforcement authorities in order to make them operational.

Stronger connectivity

The EU’s work with partner countries to improve transport links and infrastructure, boost energy resilience and efficiency, as well as the use of renewable energy to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions has resulted in significant progress.

Continuing to invest in these areas will lead to greater sustainable economic development and concrete benefits to the lives of citizens by reducing energy dependence and consumption.

  • Moderate progress:
  • On track:
  • Completed:
  • The indicative TEN-T Investment Action Plan finalized, foreseeing approximately 5,500 kilometres of roads and railways across the region by 2020 and an additional 4,600 kilometres by 2030
  • The recent inauguration of the Azerbaijan – Georgia section of the Southern Gas Corridor strengthens common energy security
  • A high-level energy efficiency initiative between the EU and International Financial Institutions has led to improved legislation and investments to reach more people, municipalities and SMEs to help cut energy bills, and improve standards

Special attention needs to be paid to Deliverable 14 (energy security), where challenges relating to interconnection projects other than the Southern Gas Corridor still need to be overcome. Additional efforts also need to be made on the unbundling of the gas transmission system operators in those partners who are Energy Community Contracting Parties.

In Deliverable 15 (energy efficiency), further efforts need to be made on regulatory aspects of energy efficiency and on the monitoring and implementation of the reduction of CO2 emissions.

In addition, other transboundary environmental problems need further attention within the framework of Deliverable 16 (environment and climate change).

Stronger society

The EU and six Eastern partners’ societies are now closer than ever due to the increased number of opportunities for more contacts between people across borders.

Together, the EU and partner countries have invested in young people’s skills, entrepreneurship and employability, including by developing education policies.

  • Moderate progress:
  • On track:
  • Completed:
  • The Eastern Partnership European School was launched in Tbilisi welcoming the first 30 pupils from the six partner countries
  • Since 2014, 30,000 young people have taken part in exchanges, mobility and volunteering through Erasmus+ and over 1,000 schools from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have been involved in exchanges and professional development for teachers through the eTwinning Plus platform
  • The EU4Youth programme is actively supporting the employability and entrepreneurship of around 23,000 young people in partner countries, and 200 Young European Ambassadors are fostering cooperation with youth organisations across the EU and the partner countries
  • All partner countries have full access to Horizon 2020 funding schemes for individual researchers.

Special attention needs to be paid to Deliverable 17, by continuing to monitor progress concerning mobility partnerships, as well as to Deliverable 18, by strengthening existing efforts to address quality education and challenges for youth employment and young people not engaged in education, employment or training.

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