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Kaljurand in Brussels: The EU should cooperate more with Eastern Partners on security issues

 

 

 

 

 

Estonia’s Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand participated in a joint meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union and Eastern Partnership countries in Brussels, where mid-term reviews were compiled regarding the results of the EU Eastern Partnership policy to date and the intensification of future cooperation was discussed.

“The Eastern Partnership must continue to remain in the focus of European foreign policy,” Foreign Minister Kaljurand said. “Efforts in the name of a democratic and stable European Neighbourhood deserve our full support,” the Foreign Minister added.

According to Foreign Minister Kaljurand, greater cooperation on security matters should be practised with Eastern Partnership countries. “This means both conflict prevention, the fight against terrorism, cyber security, border management, and action against human trafficking and organized crime,” Kaljurand specified.

The EU also underlined the importance of Eastern Partnership policy in regards to regional stability in November of last year in the context of the review of European Neighbourhood Policy.

The European Union Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their support for the three Eastern partners, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, who have signed association agreements with the EU, on their road to implementing further reforms.

Cooperation with these three associated countries will focus on implementing current agreements. Cooperation will move forward with the remaining three countries according to their preparedness.

Kaljurand also expressed hope that both Georgia and Ukraine will soon have a visa-free regime with the European Union. Both countries have met the prerequisites and conditions for this and the European Commission has also declared them suitable for a visa-free regime with the EU.

According to Kaljurand, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are among the main target countries of Estonia’s development cooperation, who Estonia continues to support in strengthening the rule of law and developing civil society.

Background Note:

The European Union’s Eastern Partnership countries are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

{Source: Republic of Estonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Media Relations}

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