Europe's East

Audronius Ažubalis: Europe Won’t Assure Its Energy Security without the USA

By Konstantin Ameliushkin and Roman Jakovlevsky

"Europe is not yet able to assure a single energy course without the USA, and this is its weak point", – considers the head of Lithuanian Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs Audronius Ažubalis. During the interview to DELFI he dwelled on priorities of foreign policy, the EU initiative of “Eastern Partnership”, energy security and the view on the operation of Russia-NATO Council that will officially resume its work in the end of April.
 

Raul de Luzenberger: Eastern Partnership can help development of cooperation in South Caucasus

Armenia is dynamically integrating into European structures. The inclusion of the republic in the Eastern Partnership initiative can encourage closer cooperation with Europe and offer a stability and security guarantee. Head of the European Commission Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Raul de Luzenberger commented to PanARMENIAN.Net on prospects for the initiative.

East looks west, EU’s Eastern Partnership beckons

By Volodymyr Stretovychis

At a Summit meeting on March 19-20, the European Council officially approved the establishment of the Eastern Partnership (EaP.) It will embrace six countries of Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, and Moldova. The Summit of the Eastern Partnership will be held on May 7, 2009, in Prague. This Summit must originate this EU initiative.The Eastern Partnership is a response to the desire of the EU’s Eastern neighbors to draw near to the European Union. The project anticipates realisation of programmes formerly available only to official candidates for the EU, as well as their financial and institutional provisions.

Russian Roulette In The EU Neighborhood

By Ahto Lobjakas

Russia has six bullets with which to wound or kill the European Union's Eastern Partnership, and put the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy out of its misery in the process.

It is generally accepted that the project is at the mercy of Moscow, the old colonial master of the six privileged European neighbors: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Lithuania Is Ready To Assist Georgia In Benefiting From The Eu Eastern Partnership Initiative

On 15-16 April, a delegation headed by Undersecretary of Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Evaldas Ignatavičius paid a working visit to Georgia. During the visit, the delegation met with the heads of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Committee and Regional Development Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, as well as with other high-ranking officials and leaders of the Georgian opposition.

Questions raised over Prague May summitry

The ousting of Mirek Topolánek is raising questions regarding a series of high-profile international meetings in Prague, as the Czech prime minister-in-resignation will still be the EU's official chair when the summits take place in early May.

Analysts said the Czech EU presidency had "de facto ended" after Topolánek's government lost a no-confidence vote in the Czech parliament on 24 March.

LITHUANIA’S MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS: THE EU EASTERN PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE PROVIDES A BROAD BASIS FOR COOPERATION

During his official visit to Azerbaijan, Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vygaudas Ušackas gave a lecture called “Azerbaijan and Lithuania: Eastern Partnership from the Caspian to the Baltic” at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy in Baku.