Azubalis: time to seek tangible results in Eastern Partnership

  • 2012-07-24

VILNIUS - At the meeting of the EU foreign ministers and the ministers of the six Eastern Partnership countries on July 23 in Brussels, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis (pictured) said that Eastern Partnership countries must continue implementing reforms and the European Union (EU) should keep on helping them.

"The transition process is not easy. It requires complex reforms. But the EU is there to help the Eastern European partners. In this case the most important principle is more for more. The more reforms you will put in place, the greater will be our support," said the head of Lithuanian diplomacy.

Ministers of the EU and the six Eastern Partnership countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine agreed on a roadmap plan that projects the actions of the EU and Eastern Partnership countries, the measures and the goals that should be achieved by the autumn of 2013 when the third meeting of the EU and Eastern Partnership will be held in Lithuania.

"In all partnerships both sides are equally important. It is impossible to pursue success and to overcome obstacles without a mutual trust. The partnership will be retained only if the both sides will respect and comply with commitments made to each other," said Azubalis.