EU identifies 20 key deliverables for 2020 for the Eastern Partnership
The last EaP Foreign Affairs Ministerial in May 2016 confirmed the shared view by both EU Member States and EaP Partner countries that the EaP needs to focus on delivering tangible results to citizens.
Since then, the European Commission and the European External Action Service have developed a joint working document "Eastern Partnership – focusing on key priorities and deliverables" published on 15 December 2016. The document aims to identify 20 key deliverables for 2020, intended to contribute to the joint work of EU Member States and EaP Partner countries and step up actions in four key priority areas:
- economic development and market opportunities;
- strengthening institutions and good governance;
- connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change;
- mobility and people-to-people contacts.
One of the deliverables (under No 17) relates to visa liberalisation, mobility partnerships and integrated border management. The following targets to be achieved in this sphere by 2020:
- continued implementation of VLAP benchmarks for Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine;
- effective implementation of all Mobility Partnerships, with balance between the 4 pillars (legal migration, irregular migration, migration and development, international protection);
- (possibly) conclusion of VLAP with Armenia and subsequent visa-free travel for its citizens, if all benchmarks are met;
- possible launch of a Visa Liberalisation Dialogue with Azerbaijan, if conditions allow;
- modernised network of BCPs among partners and between them and EU MSs;
- contribution to enhanced trade flows among partners and between them and the EU.
The working document "Eastern Partnership – focusing on key priorities and deliverables" can be found here.