Eastern Partnership Summit to strengthen Georgia-EU relations

On Tuesday 14 November, Foreign Ministers of Poland and Sweden, Witold Waszczykowski and Margot Wallström, expressed their support for Georgia's European ambitions and the determination of the Eastern Partnership to strengthen the EU-Georgia relationship at the EP summit held on 24 November in Brussels.

While the forthcoming declaration will bring Georgia closer to the European Union, its possible accession does not yet have a clear outline. The Netherlands was the main opponent of any further commitments. However, non-EU Eastern Partnership states may expect a more accommodative approach from the EU in the coming years, as the rhetoric of states who will preside over the Council of the EU suggests. However, as experts warned during a conference organised last month by the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (SFPA), the approach of V4 countries, who were strongly committed to Eastern Partnership's activities, has become problematic. That is mainly due to the wave of euro-scepticism and populism in Hungary, Poland, and now also the Czech Republic. Strengthening mutual relations between Hungary and Russia, who is keen to maintain its influence in the region, are also controversial. 

About author: Jonáš Vlk

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