1-2 March 2022
On Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 March 2022, the ECR Group will host recognised experts in the fields of security, economy, democratisation and European integration, as well as current and former decision-makers from the Eastern Partnership region for the first ECR Eastern Partnership Summit, titled ‘Eastern Partnership – Europe as a civilisational choice’.
The summit will focus on the questions: ‘What can the EU offer to the Eastern Neighbourhood countries?’ and ‘What added-value could the Eastern Neighbourhood countries bring to the EU with their gradual integration?’.
The first panel will aim to carry out a general assessment of EU policies in the region in recent years and their influence on solving existing problems while the second panel will address a more broadly the long-term impact of the ongoing integration process with the Eastern Neighbourhood countries on the EU, paying particular attention to the implications that this gradual opening towards the East might have for European economy, security and defence policy, as well as European demography, societies and values. Speakers will try to define the role that Eastern Partnership countries have to play in the future of Europe.
Europe is not only limited to the European Union, nor should these two terms be treated as synonymous. That is why, in order to make this reflexion genuinely European, the ECR Group has decided to include in the debate on the future of Europe the perspectives of those countries aspiring to membership to or closer integration with the European Union, i.e. those from the Eastern Partnership region and the Western Balkans. We should use the opportunity offered by the Conference on the Future of Europe to make the voice of all Europeans heard.
Live-streamed in English, Polish and Russian on the ECR Group’s YouTube channel, the broadcast will feature ECR Group Co-Chairmen Professor Ryszard Legutko and Raffaele Fitto; President of the ECR Institutional Policy Working Group Prof Zdzisław Krasnodębski; ECR MEPs Alexandr Vondra, Witold Waszczykowski and Anna Fotyga; and distinguished guests as Mr Ostap Semerak, former Minister of Ecology of Ukraine; Mr Giorgi Baramidze, former Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia and Mr Franak Viačorka, Senior Advisor to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the Belarussian opposition.
Opening: Tuesday @ 16:30 CET
Panel I: ‘What can the EU offer to the Eastern Neighbourhood countries?’: Tuesday @ 17:00 CET
Panel II: ‘What added-value could the Eastern Neighbourhood countries bring to the EU with their gradual integration?’: Wednesday @ 10:00 CET
Closing remarks: Wednesday @ 11:15 CET
The show will be hosted by Milena Milotinova, Anchor of “Brussels 1 TV Show”, BULGARIA ON AIR TV.
Broadcast live: Tuesday @ 16:30 - 18:30 CET & Wednesday @ 10:00 - 12:15 CET