The European Union and its Eastern Partners: Current approaches to regional cooperation

Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum in the framework of the Belarussian Presidency of the CEI

December 10 Sunday

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December 10 - 12, 2017


Minsk, Belarus



The Minsk EaP Reflection Forum will convene the pan-European community of experts working primarily on the EaP to reflect on current approaches towards regional cooperation among EaP countries and between EaP countries and the EU.

Also available in Deutsch

The Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum 2017 (EaP-RF) is an initiative inspired by the on-going “EU-Western Balkans Reflection Forum Initiative” (WB-RF). The latter was launched by the organising partners in 2015 in support of the so-called “Berlin Process”, an intergovernmental initiative aimed at promoting reforms and regional cooperation in the Western Balkans.

Context and objectives
Reflection Forum on the Eastern Partnership aims to reflect the following questions:
- How can the EU, constrained both internally and externally by serious challenges, engage more constructively with Belarus and other EaP countries, beyond the “in-between” paradigm?
- How can it strengthen regional cooperation and reinforce its dialogue with this part of Europe in wider, more inclusive and yet more differentiated way?
- How can it encourage an understanding of good neighbourly relations that is shared by its Eastern partners?
- What are the expectations nurtured in EaP countries towards Brussels in regional cooperation matters?
- What potential for cooperation can be envisioned, considering the geopolitical context specific to EaP countries and their differentiated relationship to Russia?
- How to balance the need for differentiation and the challenge of coherence in the EU’s strategy towards EaP countries?
- What lessons from the Ukrainian crisis can be drawn by the EU in its redefinition of its ENP/EaP approach?

The event will take place within the framework of the Belarussian Presidency of the CEI, on the run-up to the CEI Summit of Minsk planned on 12 December 2017, and against the backdrop of the Eastern Partnership Summit of 27 November 2017. The Forum will encourage pan- European, expert-led discussions on EaP questions revolving around regional cooperation and kick off an innovative process of reflection.

The Forum is organised by:

  • Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA), Vienna
  • Minsk Dialogue - Track II Initiative (MD), Minsk
  • Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Nice/Berlin

Belarus Office of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation is one of the supporters of the Event.

Contact person

Dr. Wolfgang Sender

Leiter des Auslandsbüros Belarus

Dr. Wolfgang Sender
Phone + 370 52 629475
Fax + 370 52 122294
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ русский


Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA), Vienna Minsk Dialogue Track-II Initiative Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE), Nice/Berlin