The European Parliament approved recommendations on the “Eastern partnership”. The partner countries are reminded that membership of the EU program is not available

The European Parliament on 19 June adopted the recommendations of the EU Council, European Commission and high representative of the Union for foreign Affairs and security policy for the development of the program “Eastern partnership”. The text of the document published on the Parliament website.

In particular, the European Parliament recommended that the EU institutions “to emphasize that in accordance with article 49 of the Treaty on European Union any European state can apply for EU membership provided that it respects the values of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights.”

“[The EU authorities recommended] to admit that, although accession is not envisaged in the framework of the “Eastern partnership” program can contribute to the process of gradual integration in the EU”, – the document says.

The European Parliament recalls that the entry into the EU a candidate country must bring its legislation into line with European and also meet the other membership criteria.

The European Parliament notes that “the Eastern partnership” must “be an attractive basis for cooperation and support this process in accordance with the principle of “more for more” to partner countries were involved in the process of reform and European integration”.

The authors of the resolution stressed that the countries of “Eastern partnership” demonstrate a willingness to cooperate, take on “more responsibility” and strive for closer integration with the European Union. In this regard, the resolution calls for current and future leaders of the EU institutions to shape “an ambitious agenda” for cooperation with partner countries.

Eastern partnership – the EU-funded project that exists since 2009. Its goal is the development of integration ties with six former Soviet countries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Three of these States – Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – have urged Brussels to create an additional version of interactions for associated partners and announced its intention to the prospect of EU membership.

EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Josep Borrell called Ukraine a key partner of the EU among the countries of “Eastern partnership”.

In may, the EU Council endorsed the conclusions on the policy of “Eastern partnership” for the period after 2020. The Council considers that the Eastern partnership should become more ambitious and flexible framework for cooperation with partner countries.

Ukraine’s aspiration for EU membership is enshrined in the Constitution.

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