Trade Ministers of the EU and Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries met yesterday to discuss achievements in the area of trade, as well as opportunities and challenges for further development of a successful trade dimension of the EaP.
It was the first EaP Ministerial Meeting on Trade, organized by the Latvian EU Presidency in close cooperation with the European Commission.
Trade Ministers exchanged views on current trade relations, and discussed the possibilities of further cooperation, taking into account the diverse interests of partner countries with regards to their trade with the EU.
All stressed the importance of trade in the framework of the EaP and the need for inclusive and sustainable economic development, contributing to market opportunities for creating growth and jobs.
Ministers welcomed the start of the implementation of Association Agreements with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, urging to continue the reform process, and noting the increase in trade between the EU and both Moldova and Georgia. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The European Commission today released its 2015 progress reports on Georgia and Ukraine’s implementation of their Visa Liberalisation Action Plans (VLAP). On the eve of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga on 21-22 May, “this is a sign of the Commission’s commitment and of the pace of the measures being taken by the two countries,” a press release said.
The assessment found that, “despite the exceptional circumstances that Ukraine currently faces, the progress achieved in the implementation of the second phase benchmarks of the VLAP has been noteworthy”, marking key priorities such as sustainable implementation of the legal and institutional framework, in particular in the areas of asylum, anti-corruption, organised crime, trafficking in human beings and anti-discrimination.
“Georgia’s progress has been significant in a short period of time and is broadly in line with the second-phase benchmarks”, the Commission says, stressing that, Georgia still needed a sustained effort to address remaining recommendations. (EU Neighbourhood Info)