On 13 October 2020, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevheniy Yenin participated in the virtual meeting of the senior officials of the Eastern Partnership.
Participants discussed the new post-2020 goals of the regional initiative as well as the preparation for the upcoming summit in March 2021.
“The Eastern Partnership should be of a strategic character and set ambitious goals for the reform pursuit in the partner countries. This will foster the processes of deepening of the political association and economic integration with the European Union”, noted Yevheniy Yenin.
According to the Ukrainian diplomat, the economic integration of the interested and properly prepared partners of the initiative into the internal market of the EU should become a strategic task. “Given the partner countries’ different levels of European aspirations and integration with the EU, the Eastern Partnership requires a more differentiated approach, inter alia, through the application of an enhanced dialogue format between the EU and the three associated countries - Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova", he said.
Yevheniy Yenin also underlined that the COVID-19 pandemic underlined the need for an enhanced engagement within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. "There are also equally urgent tasks that include taking comprehensive measures to strengthen the resilience of the partner countries under the conditions of the ongoing pandemic and jointly counteracting hybrid threats, especially those posed by the Russian Federation", added Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister.