The countries of “Eastern partnership” achieved a lot during the cooperation with the EU, but need to do more to fight corruption and the rule of law. The journalists on 8 April said EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini, her speech published by the European external action service.
“If you look four or five years ago, we have made huge progress in many different areas, from visa facilitation to people contacts, trade and investment in the economy. Obviously, more needs to be done, particularly concerning good governance, fight against corruption and the rule of law. We are determined to do this in partnership with our friends in the East,” she said.
According to Mogherini, the countries of the Eastern partnership aim to be closer to the EU.
“We will make sure that this desire was met with the same enthusiasm on the part of our European Union, especially in may, when we will celebrate our decade of partnership”, – the diplomat added.
Eastern partnership – an EU project aimed at the development of integration relations of the EU with six former Soviet countries: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus. It was established in 2009 at the initiative of the former Minister of foreign Affairs of Poland Radoslaw Sikorski with the assistance of the foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bidda.