Eastern Partnership Summit adopts a declaration

Eastern Partnership Summit adopts a declaration
# 07 May 2009 21:10 (UTC +04:00)
The partnership, initiated by Poland and Sweden and proposed by the
European Commission last year, is meant to bring the six former Soviet
republics closer to the EU and achieve stability in the region.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the Summit.

EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy
Javier Solana told a press conference after the summit that the
Eastern Partnership participant countries will be assisted in their
European integration and reforms.

It was noted at the press conference that the issue of "visa
liberalization" for partner countries was not included into the

The question, regarded as a vital benefit cementing the region to the
West, has been delayed to become a "long-term goal", a major climb
down from an original text that promised progress towards "visa-free"

According to the information, some EU countries believe that the
necessary favorable climate for visa simplification has not come yet,
instead the declaration expressed a proposal to continue cooperation
towards facilitating visa.