Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership- London launch
UK and EU attitudes towards Eastern Partnership
Date: Tuesday 10th February 2015
Venue: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room, Houses of Parliament
- John Whittingdale MP, Chairman, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and Chair, All Party Parliamentary Groups on Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova
- Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport and Treasurer, Ukraine APPG
- Dr Kataryna Wolczuk, Reader in Politics and International Studies, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
- Further panellists to be confirmed shortly
This launch event for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of major geo-political upheaval in the region. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in, while Armenia's made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. The event will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa reform, funding for reform projects and political engagement.
This first of two London events will look at the issue from the European perspective looking at how Brussels operates towards the region and how the political debate and priorities in member states, particularly in the UK, shapes the development of Eastern Partnership.
The event is free and open to all. Please RSVP to email@example.com