It was confirmed during the fifth annual Tallinn Conference on the Eastern Partnership held on Friday that the development of the countries of Eastern Partnership and their integration with the European Union continue to be important in Europe's political agenda.
"Eastern Partnership and the development of these countries are important for Estonia, which was demonstrated also by our presidency of the Council of the European Union. Estonia will continue to support Eastern Partners and to make sure that the bus will not drive away and we will try to help all Eastern Partnership countries to achieve your objectives of state building and economic development. We know ourselves how difficult these kind of reforms can be," Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said.
The director of the Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, Jaan Reinhold, said that the goal was to chart the expectations of the different parties that were supported at the summit and analyze the goals toward which to move with our expectations.
"For us it is important that stability, wellbeing, democracy and economic freedom would continue to grow in these six countries. Therefore the zeal and momentum of the Eastern Partnership policy must not wane. Eastern Partnership is not just the format for a summit taking place every couple of years, but has to be constantly furnished with various substantive actions and cooperation projects which bring these six nations increasingly closer to the European Union," Reinhold said.
He added that the involvement of experts from outside the EU and the Eastern Partnership nations definitely adds value and a fresh look to the discussions.
"The narrower goal for Estonia is to offer to the Eastern Partners our reform experience and the best practices in developing society, democracy and the economy. In the eyes of these countries our experts for sure are the biggest trump of Estonia, who through cooperation are able to share their real experiences with the Eastern Partners on how to achieve the set goals better and faster. In addition to sharing of experience this is an opportunity for cooperation in business and other areas," Reinhold said.
The future of the European Union's Eastern Partnership with a view to linking the six partnership nations -- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine -- ever closer together with the EU stood in the focus of the annual Tallinn conference.
Editor: Dario Cavegn