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The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood

Conversations on the future of Europe in the World

You are invited to participate in a one-day conference with the theme: ‘The EU and its’ Eastern neighbourhood’. This event is the third in a series, Conversations on the future of Europe in the World, and aims to contribute to the debate within the framework of The Conference on the Future of Europe.

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The Hague Humanity Hub City Centre
LINKS Europe, in collaboration of The City of The Hague and with the support of The Hague Humanity Hub


Let's talk about the future
Citizens will formulate recommendations to discuss with the Conference Plenary

Eastern Europe is the EU’s back yard. Geographically it shares the continent; historically it is connected through centuries of interaction, religious affinity and more. EU foreign policy cannot succeed unless it is successful first in the Eastern neighbourhood. Whilst that is possible, it is by no means a certainty. Between the EU and Russia – Europe’s giant neighbour to the East – are the Eastern Partnership countries. Three of them – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – are EU Associated states with aspirations for EU membership; the three others have closer relations with Russia, with Belarus sharing a Union State; Armenia being a member of the CSTO and EEAU; and Azerbaijan, whilst a non-aligned country, also claiming a strategic relationship with Russia.

The EU has since 2009 sought to manage its relationship with these diverse group of countries through the Eastern Partnership with mixed results.

This one-day conference, coming as it does on the eve of a crucial EU-Eastern Partnership summit in December, will take stock of how this important and costly EU instrument has performed, and how it can work in the future, in three sessions:

  • Opening speech by Didier Herbert, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Hague
  • Session one, 09:30-12:00 - The EU and the process of reform and renewal in the Eastern Neighbourhood:
    Six countries; six nuances and a giant elephant in the room
  • Session two, 12:15-14:15 - The EU’s role in support of peace in the Eastern Neighbourhood: EU engagement with conflict prevention and mediation in Moldova and Armenia-Azerbaijan
  • Session three, 14:30-17:00- The EU and the rule of law in the Eastern Neighbourhood: The case of Ukraine
  • Afterwards (17:00-19:00), there will be a networking drinks in the same location as part of LINKS Europe’s ‘Meet the Neighbours’ series. This event, titled ‘Meet the Ukrainians’, will allow participants some time to get to know each other with some Ukrainian food and culture. Please indicate your interest upon registration.

Registration for these sessions is obligatory. You can register for the full day (all three sessions) or one/two sessions here. Please change your ticket type to reflect what you would like to attend.