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10 years of EAP

17 October 2019

One of the very first tasks for European Union Ambassador Dr Riina Kionka to South Africa was participating in a panel discussion on the 10th Anniversary of the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EAP) and the European Neighbourhood policy: Lessons from Eastern Europe and Africa.  As there is no unanimous decision on the expansion of the EU, the EAP policy outlines its relationship with the post-Soviet states of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

On the panel (pictured l-r) were Mr Beka Dvali, Ambassador of Georgia, Mr Yamin Jafarli ,  Charge d’Affaires of Azerbaijan, Mrs Riina Kionka, Ambassador of the European Union, Ms. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, SAIIA Mr Kari Alanko, Ambassador of Finland, Ms Liubov Abravitova, Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine and Mr. Alexander D. Sidoruk, Ambassador of Belarus

The discussion organized by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Pretoria included presentations by the Embassies of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine who have representation in South Africa.

The 10 year long partnership has already resulted in significant benefits on both sides, with growth experienced in the trade, tourism and investment sectors. Georgia and Ukraine continue to develop their policies in line with European accession as they pursue the path of complete integration into the EU.

With Northern Africa’s proximity to the EU, the expansion of EU’s neighbourhood policy to Africa should also be a consideration for the EU especially in overcoming the challenges of migration and human trafficking.




February/March 2020








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