Eastern Partnership and Its Prospects: What can the EU offer to the Eastern neighbors?

May 6, 2015 - 09:30 - 16:30
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Event type: 
Event audience: 
Open to the Public
Center for European Neighborhood Studies (CENS)
CEU contact person: 
Zsuzsanna Végh

The CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS), the Embassy of Latvia in Hungary and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Budapest have the pleasure to invite you to the conference:

  Eastern Partnership and Its Prospects
What can the EU offer to the Eastern neighbors?

 May 6 (Wednesday) 2015 at 9.30 a.m.
CEU, Nádor 9, Auditorium

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) in its current form clearly failed to fulfill expectations, its results are ambivalent and it did not prove to be a sufficient pole of attraction for a number of the Eastern partners of the European Union. At this point, it is unlikely that the EU as a whole is ready to offer membership perspective for the most progressive countries, but it is certain that it needs to move beyond the current bid if it wishes to revive and sustain the partners’ reform drive.

How could the EaP be reformed and how should it develop in the short and mid-term if it wishes to address the current challenges brought forth in the aftermath of the Vilnius Summit? How should it address the war in Ukraine and Russia’s pursuit of establishing the Eurasian Union, a new regional alliance seeking to revive cooperation within the post-Soviet space under Russia’s leadership?

With international experts, the conference seeks to provide alternatives and policy recommendations on how the EU could move out of this impasse in cooperation with the regional partners towards a mutually beneficial and credible policy solution.

The agenda

9.00 - 9.30 Registration

9.30 - 9.45 Opening Remarks

 9.45 - 10.15 Keynote Speeches
Andris Piebalgs, Adviser to Latvian President, Former European Commissioner (2004-2014)
Zsolt Németh, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament of Hungary

10.15 - 12.00 Panel I. "Eastern Partnership as seen by Eastern Partners"

12.00 - 13.00 Buffet lunch

13.00 - 14.30 Panel II. "Eurasian Union – A rival on the rise?"

14.30 - 14.45 Coffee Break

14.45 - 16.15 Panel III. "Rethinking the EaP – A view from the EU"

16.15 - 16.30 Concluding Remarks
Péter Balázs, Director, CEU Center for EU Enlargement Studies

The event is part of CEU's Frontiers of Democracy program and the EU Presidency program of the Embassy of Latvia in Hungary.
Please find the prospective program attached below.

Register by May 5 at
Zsuzsanna Vegh (veghzs@ceu.edu)

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