The new publication of EaP Index 2014 issued
The new edition of the publication The European Integration Index for Eastern Partnership Countries 2014 produced by the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in cooperation with partner organisations generates recommendations to guide countries along the reform process and serves as a monitoring tool for both civil society and policymakers in the partner countries and the EU.
Measuring annual trajectory of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries towards the European integration, the 2014 edition shows a mixed set of results for the six Eastern partner countries: Moldova and to an even greater degree Georgia continued steady progress in integration with the EU; Armenia and Ukraine experienced a stop-and-start trajectory, and a range of internal and external challenges.
The recommendations of the Index experts concern the differentiation between the six Eastern partner countries, mobility, "more for more" approach and dialogue and support to civil society and reform-minded actors as well as communication to demonstrate the benefits of integration with the EU.
When the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative was launched in May 2009, the governments of the six Eastern European partner countries declared their intention to respect the values of democracy and human rights, and to align with EU standards of good governance and the rule of law. With a common Soviet past, they embarked together on the path of closer integration with the EU, but already in 2009 they were setting out from different starting-points with varying expectations of their trajectory. Some of them declared an ambition to become EU members. For others, their engagement was more a question of balancing geopolitical relations, not least with the EU to the west and Russia to the east.
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