The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Visegrad Group (V4) and the Eastern Partnership countries met on April 12, 2017 in Warsaw and adopted a joint statement under the Polish Presidency of the Visegrad Group.
The Ministers emphasized that the Eastern Partnership should have a clear political narrative, a new strategic vision and an architecture guaranteeing ownership of European institutions, Member States and partner countries. They agreed that the Brussels Declaration should reflect different aspirations of partner countries and offer European perspective for the interested partners, as well as set out an ambitious agenda for the Eastern Partnership in the longer perspective.
The V4 Ministers reaffirmed their strong support to the Eastern Partnership as a strategic dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy and a key and active factor of stability and economic progress in Eastern Europe. They called EU institutions for appropriate steps to keep Eastern Partnership high on the EU’s agenda.
The V4 Ministers recalled the need to react strategically to the consequences of the present challenging geopolitical situation. In this context they underlined the need to follow with the reforms in partner countries, strengthen their internal stability, resilience and civilian security of partners.
The document also focuses on the special importance of development of transport and infrastructure interconnections between the EU and Eastern Partnership countries. Better connections, according to the Ministers, will contribute not only to strengthening of economic cooperation and people-to-people contacts, but also to tightening political ties. In this context they welcomed the decision on extending the core and comprehensive Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) to the Eastern Partnership area.