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Joint Declaration of the Eastern Partnership Summit
On 20-22 May 2015, EU leaders met representatives of the Eastern Partnership partner countries at the fourth Eastern Partnership summit in Riga to reconfirm the importance the EU attaches to its Eastern Partnership.
Find out more about the summit here.
The Eastern Partnership has two tracks: (1) bilateral and (2) multilateral.(1) The bilateral dimension supports political and socio-economic reforms in partner countries to:
Bilateral cooperation programmes contribute to these objectives with focused assistance in the priority areas identified in each country's multi-annual programming document, and complementary support for the implementation of agreements with the EU that builds on the experience of the Comprehensive Institution Building programme.Eastern neighbours can also benefit from additional assistance as a reward for progress in building deep and sustainable democracy (umbrella programme).(2) The multilateral dimension complements bilateral relations with:
Regional cooperation programmes support the multilateral dimension of the Eastern Partnership. They also address common challenges and trans-boundary issues (such as energy, transport or environment). The priority areas for multi-country cooperation are identified in the Regional East programming document.
Engagement with civil society is a key element of the Eastern Partnership. It is underpinned with initiatives like the Civil Society Forum, the Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility, and dedicated funding at regional and country level.
Eastern neighbours participate also in initiatives open to all Neighbour countries (Erasmus+, TAIEX, SIGMA and the Neighbourhood Investment Facility), and in cross-border cooperation programmes.
In the period of 2014-2020, the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) is the key EU financial instrument for cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries.
In 2007-2013, the funding came from the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). Nearly €2.5 billion was made available for cooperation programmes with Eastern European Partners in 2010-2013. This included €350 million of additional funds made available when the Eastern Partnership was launched.