The Development Dimension of the Eastern Partnership following the 2015 EaP Review

Successes, Challenges and Prospects

The research project focuses on the Eastern Partnership as a development initiative, particularly in Ukraine. The relevance of this research perspective is linked to the fact that both the EU, its Member States and Ukraine aim to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.

The Eastern Partnership policy was initiated by the European Union (EU) in 2009 to develop cooperation between the EU, its Member States and six partner countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan take part in the Eastern Partnership. Mostly, the Eastern Partnership is explored from a (geo) political, security or economic perspective.

The study shows that the Eastern Partnership contributes significantly to sustainable development and that this aspect of the policy will be strengthened in the framework of the new EU budget 2021-2027.

Strengthening the Eastern Partnership as a development initiative requires three key steps. First, there is a need for a stronger emphasis on policy coherence, local ownership and effectiveness, based on needs assessments and local development strategies. Secondly, strengthening of the Eastern Partnership will be facilitated by a qualitatively new social dimension of policy that will involve a wider group of stakeholders. Third, much will depend on communication, including a swift and convincing response from the EU and member states to fake news and misinformation about the Eastern Partnership.


Toni Michel

Toni Michel

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter / Projektkoordinator

toni.michel@kas.de +380 44 4927443