The European summit held virtually on June 18, 2020 reiterated the Eastern Partnership’s (EaP) strategic importance. The heads of state and government agreed to five policy priorities, including good governance. At the next EaP summit, planned as a face-to-face meeting in March 2021, the long-term deliverables of EaP policy beyond 2020 will be approved.
A key starting point for this is the joint communication on Eastern Partnership policy beyond 2020, stressing “the need to significantly improve results in the governance area, notably rule of law, the fight against corruption and organized crime, and the role of an independent media and civil society”. As an additional basis, the Council reaffirmed the “joint commitment to building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability” on May 11, 2020.