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Report: Eastern Partnership Summit Scheduled For Brussels in November 2017


The Eastern Partnership was created by the European Union in 2009 and seeks to bring countries from the former U.S.S.R. closer to the EU without offering membership (file photo)

The Eastern Partnership was created by the European Union in 2009 and seeks to bring countries from the former U.S.S.R. closer to the EU without offering membership (file photo)

The next Eastern Partnership Summit will take place in Brussels in November 2017, according to a draft report prepared by EU member states and seen by RFE/RL.

The draft document is part of preparations for a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on November 14 (next week) in Brussels and is expected to be endorsed during their session.

The draft paper says the next Eastern Partnership Summit “will review the results” since the last summit held in Riga in 2015 and "discuss the way forward in further strengthening cooperation between the partner countries and the EU as well as among the partners.”

The Eastern Partnership was created by the European Union in 2009 and seeks to bring Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine closer to the EU without offering membership.

There had previously been informal speculation that the Estonian capital Tallinn would host the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in November next year, since Estonia holds the rotating EU presidency during the second half of 2017.

However, RFE/RL sources say that the city now is likely instead to host a summit meeting of the EU during the autumn.

Based on reporting by RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak in Brussels
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