The future of the Eastern Partnership initiative must be determined jointly by the European Union and the partner countries. The European Commission supports this approach as well. The European Commission's published proposals on the future of the Eastern Partnership, the consultation on which have lasted for almost a year, reflect Ukraine's proposals to strengthen integration in specific areas.
This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Vadym Prystaiko, commenting on the European Commission's proposals on new policy objectives within the framework of the Eastern Partnership after 2020.
Vadym Prystaiko stressed that it concerns extending the benefits of the EU Single Market to the partner countries, supporting the accession of joining partners to the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA), intensifying the processes of the conclusion of the Common Aviation Area agreements, expanding the TEN-T networks to the partner countries, the participation of the partner countries in the implementation of projects under the EU's Europe-Asia Connectivity Strategy; to increase participation in Horizon Europe and COSME. He expressed confidence that it would bring benefits to both parties.
Important for Ukraine are new elements of cooperation within the Eastern Partnership framework, in particular health care. It is about supporting partner countries in the fight against infectious diseases, first of all COVID-19 coronavirus. In addition, Ukraine's initiatives to accede to the European Green Agreement have been reflected in new proposals for developing cooperation with partner countries within the Eastern Partnership.
“Ukraine, together with other associated partners, has consistently advocated enhancing the significance and differentiation of this initiative, as well as specializing its goals and objectives. Our priority is to deepen sectoral integration and increase the links that unite our economies and societies,” the Deputy Prime Minister stressed. - The Eastern Partnership beyond 2020 should be a viable additional tool for our integration into the EU. We will continue to work on this with our partners and look forward to the results of the Eastern Partnership Summit in June 2020."