ASHTON: EASTERN PARTNERS FACE HUGE PRESSURE AHEAD OF VILNIUS SUMMIT

The EU has to recognize that its Eastern neighbours face huge pressure in the run-up to the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement following the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers, held on 7 September in Vilnius, ENPI Info Centre reports.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the lead-up to the summit, and the EU wants to see signs that partner countries can deliver on their commitments to reform, Ashton said, “but we also have to recognize that they face huge pressure.”

In case of success, the Association Agreements, with the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, “will give our partners the framework that they need for the transformation that they wish to see,” said Ashton, citing the rule of law, democracy, human rights, as well as much better access to the biggest market in the world.

10.09.2013

Source: ENPI Info Centre