Dzianis Melyantsou, Senior Analyst at BISS, on April 18, delivered a speech at a session focusing on the EU’s eastern policy in the framework of the global security forum Globsec 2013 in Bratislava (Slovakia).
Also attending the session were Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood, European Commission, ministers for European integration of Georgia and Moldova Alex Petriashvili and Iurie Leancă, and Andrius Krivas, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.
The panelists discussed the achievements and failures of the EU’s eastern policy ahead of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit scheduled to take place in Vilnius in late November. They noted the considerable progress that Moldova, Georgia and Armenia made in negotiating Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the EU. The experts dwelt on some of the aspects of the engagement with Belarus and some other countries of the region, which some panelists believe require more flexible and varied collaboration instruments with a view to attaining the EaP objectives.