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PACE welcomes EU’s Eastern Partnership, seeks greater synergies

PACE today welcomed the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, describing it as a “major opportunity” for the six countries involved (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to achieve reform and greater prosperity through enhanced links with the European Union.

Adopting a resolution based on the report by Andrea Rigoni (Italy, ALDE) during its Standing Commitee meeting in Kyiv, the Assembly welcomed the launching of a series of cooperation projects under the joint Eastern Partnership Facility of the Council of Europe and the EU. The aim is to help the above mentioned countries to move closer towards Council of Europe and EU standards in areas such as electoral standards and judicial reform, as well as fighting cybercrime and corruption.