Euronest to help boost links between the EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

MEPs and parliamentarians from the EU's Eastern Partners are meeting in Baku on 2-4 April to discuss ways of working together on energy, trade and human rights issues, in what will be the second ordinary session of the parliamentary assembly of Euronest, a forum to promote political and economic integration between the EU and Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
A press release quoted one of the two co-presidents of the Euronest's parliamentary assembly, Bulgarian Social-Democrat MEP Kristian Vigenin, as saying he was “very optimistic that this multilateral format will also benefitbilateral contacts between our member countries." The other co-president is former foreign minister of Ukraine Borys Tarasuk.
Belarus is not a member of Euronest, however it will be discussed by a working group at the meeting. "We are trying to continue the dialogue with representatives from Belarus, especially with opposition and civil society, but full participation of Belarus in our assembly will only be possible when free and fair elections take place in the country,” Kristian Vigenin said.
The issue of free and independent media is expected to be on the agenda of the discussion in Baku.
Committees on energy security, social affairs, political affairs and economic integration are also due to meet. (ENPI Info Centre)
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