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ForMin Comanescu pleads for “more comprehensive” approach to Eastern Partnership

Foreign Affairs Minister Lazar Comanescu participated in the Monday’s meeting of Eastern Partnership ministers; in this context, the Romanian official insisted on a more comprehensive strategic approach to the Eastern Partnership and hailed the stress on its security dimension, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) informed in a release to Agerpres.

According to the MAE’s document, the purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the progress of the implementation of the goals set at the Summit in Riga and the priority guidelines of further development of the relations between the European Union and its partner states.

“The meeting focused on reasserting the mutual commitment of the EU and of its partners to keep promoting the Eastern Partnership as a strategic action means of the EU in its eastern neighbourhood, based on shared interests and commitments and on the support to reform processes in the partner states,” the MAE mentioned.

The source adds that progresses in the EU’s relations with the partner states in the Eastern Partnership were hailed at the event.

“Also, the importance of measures to increase the partners’ resilience and of consolidating the connectivity (in energy and transportation), the human contacts and the mobility were emphasized, with stress on the liberalization of the visa regime for citizens of Georgia and Ukraine. A highlight was placed on the request of implementing the programmes agreed under the communication strategy for the Eastern Partnership, to support the goals of modernization and of stability promotion in the eastern neighbourhood,” the release further reads.

The MAE mentioned that minister Comanescu has reasserted the importance of continuing, on a EU level, the concrete projects with tangible results for the citizens of the most engaged partner states. He also insisted on the need of increased political attention to make the multilateral dimension of the Eastern Partnership more dynamic and more efficient.

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