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Eastern Partnership


Successive EU enlargements have brought Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus closer to the EU and, therefore, their security, stability and prosperity increasingly impact upon those of the EU and vice-versa. A joint declaration signed in Prague in May 2009 established an Eastern Partnership and put forward concrete ideas for enhancing the EU's relationship with the region, including in the field of home affairs. Subsequent summits - in Warsaw in September 2011 and in Vilnius in November 2013 – discussed the progress achieved in the framework of the Eastern Partnership and specified priorities for furthering the cooperation.  

The EU has adopted Action Plans with each Eastern Partnership country (except Belarus) within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy. These Action Plans, which set out an agenda of political and economic reforms with short and medium-term priorities of 3 to 5 years, include home affairs elements, i.e. document security, border management, migration, police reform, law-enforcement cooperation, and effective prevention and fight against organised crime and corruption.

Increasing cooperation on home affairs

The first Eastern Partnership - Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting took place on 7 and 8 October 2013. The Home Affairs part focused on fight against corruption; fight against organised and transnational crime; cybercrime; and migration and mobility. In the Joint Declaration on Eastern Partnership-Justice and Home Affairs Cooperation , the participants expressed their commitment to continuous cooperation in the Justice and Home Affairs.

The Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum supports cooperation by providing a forum where all migration and asylum related aspects can be openly discussed amongst the Eastern partners and between them and the EU. Managed by the European Commission with the assistance of the Swedish Migration Board and IOM, it encompasses all 6 EaP countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia) and is open to all Member States. The Panel meets four times a year, both in Member States and in the EaP countries. In addition, the EaP panel produces a compilation of up-to-date information on the policy discussed in each Panel meeting. In 2013, such compilation was provided on trafficking on human beings, on irregular migration, on integration of migrants, on internally displaced persons and on statelessness.

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