Pivotal Moment for the Eastern Partnership: Outlook for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, Hearing Before the Subcomittee on European Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2013   [open pdf - 586KB]

This is the November 14, 2013 hearing, "A Pivotal Moment for the Eastern Partnership: Outlook for Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, and Azerbaijan" before the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Christopher Murphy: "…2 weeks from today, European leaders are going to gather in Vilnius, Lithuania, for an important summit on the Eastern Partnership. Since its inception in 2009, the Partnership has provided an important framework for countries that seek a closer partnership with the European Union. Nearly 5 years later, the concept of 'more for more' will be tested, and several partner states who have made significant progress on the reform agendas will have the opportunity to sign or initial an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. The sentiment I hope we will convey today is that the United States strongly supports the institution of the Eastern Partnership, and we will remain deeply involved, as appropriate, to support the vision of Europe 'whole, free, and at peace.' Now, while these agreements are exclusively between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, the United States does have an interest in furthering democracy and stability throughout Europe and Eurasia. We believe, just like the EU, that integration of these nations only can happen when key conditions are met by applicant nations, particularly around issues related to the rule of law, government transparency, and open economic policies." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Moldovan Ambassador to the US Igor Munteanu, Georgian Ambassador to the US Archil Gegeshidze, Bryan Ardouny, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the US H.E. Elin Suleymanov, and Victoria Nuland.

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