Olga Shumylo-Tapiola on the Eastern Partnership Summit
Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, a member of the PASOS Board of Directors and a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, has written a commentary for Carnegie about the Eastern Partnership Summit underway in Warsaw.
In a piece called What Not to Expect from the Eastern Partnership Summit, she says that while the summit will result in some minor developments, no surprises are expected to come out of the gathering.
“The reason for this is simple—only one out of six countries in the partnership—Moldova—has in reality made progress towards further integration with the EU,” says Shumylo-Tapiola.
“With the EaP’s multilateral track lacking clear goals, EaP countries finding it difficult to agree on joint interests and come up with joint projects—with the possible exception of the energy sphere—and the EU struggling to find enough money to finance regional cooperation projects between EaP countries, there will be little substantive discussion about the partnership policy itself … Ultimately though, it is the EaP leaders who will have to make up their minds. The Eastern Partnership with its integration tools is available to them.”
Read the full piece at Carnegie Europe’s website here.
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