Running Out of Patience. The relations of the EU with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

2015-10-08

Together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation we would like to invite you to our public discussion on increasing impatience towards Euro-integration in the Eastern Partnership countries and its possible effects. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 from 5pm to 7pm.

We would like to invite you to a public discussion Running Out of Patience? The relations of the EU with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 from 5pm – 7pm in the office of the Batory Foundation at Sapieżyńska 10a in Warsaw, conference room (ground floor).

The discussion will be attended by:
  • Victor Chirila (Foreign Policy Association, Moldova)
  • Vano Chkhikvadze (Open Society Georgia Foundation)
  • Hennadiy Maksak (Polissa Foundation for International and Regional Studies, Ukraine)
The discussion is organized within the framework of the joint project on the Eastern Partnership countries which have signed an Association Agreement with the EU, run by the Stefan Batory Foundation and the Warsaw office of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

In addition, the publication “Eastern Partnership Revisited – Associated Countries in Focus”, the final report of the project, will be presented.

The debate will be held in Polish and English. The organisers will provide interpretation.

We would kindly like to ask you to confirm your participation until 12 October 2015: Krzysztof Mrozek, kmrozek@batory.org.pl, +48 22 53 60 208.

Background
The disappearance of one billion US Dollars from the banking system of Moldova in autumn 2014 resulted in a loss of confidence in the country’s pro-European government by the Moldovan society, the EU, the IMF and the World Bank. This year, mass protests take place regularly in Chisinau. In Ukraine, meanwhile, impatience by both Ukrainians and the EU has become increasingly recognisable as a result of Kyiv’s slow introduction of the necessary reforms. Georgian authorities are considered as reluctant to implement the reforms as well. On the other hand, the authorities and societies in the three countries are worried that the EU will not be willing to take decisions concerning their further approximation to the EU and, e.g. the abolition of visa obligations for Georgia and Ukraine. Therefore, one could state that the actors involved in the association process slowly but surely are running out of patience. This holds true for the relations between the authorities and societies of these countries as well as for the governments in Chisinau, Kiev and Tbilisi on the one side and the EU on the other.
With our participants we would like to discuss this increasing impatience and the possible effects for the three countries, both internally and in their relations with the EU.
 


Copyright © Fundacja Batorego
Print
Up