Lithuania will host the 3rd Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, on 28-29th November, which will be the biggest multilateral political event during Lithuania’s Presidency. 28 highest representatives of the EU member states and the six Eastern partners as well as representatives of the EU institutions are expected to arrive in Vilnius. The event is hosted by Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council.
Eastern Partnership initiative, which encompasses the EU’s relations with the six Eastern partners – Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, was established as a way to strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation with these countries, to support their ongoing reforms and bring them closer to the European Union.
Eastern Partnership Summits are held every two years (the first two took place in the Czech Republic (Prague), 7 May, 2009 and in Poland (Warsaw), 29-30 September, 2011). During these meetings the course of the Eastern Partnership is discussed, the objectives for the next two years are determined and the prospects for the future are drawn. The results of the meeting are reflected in the Joint declaration, which becomes the starting point for further development of the Eastern Partnership.