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May, the 7th 2009

Prague summit to launch the Eastern Partnership

The European Union and its Eastern Partners Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus will meet for an Eastern Partnership summit in Prague on Thursday 7 May. The Czech EU Presidency has invited Heads of State or Government to an informal meeting whose purpose is to launch the Eastern Partnership initiative and to adopt a joint declaration on the issue.

Finlands Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen will represent Finland at the meeting. In his speech, he will discuss the present economic situation, also addressing issues such as overcoming the recession, setting out on a new growth path and deepening the economic cooperation between the EU and the Eastern Partners.

The European Union agreed on launching the Eastern Partnership at the European Council meeting in March 2009. Its objective is to promote stability, good governance and economic development in Eastern Partners covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy. New, tighter cooperation at the political and economic level aims at increased mobility and improved energy efficiency and energy security, among other things.

For further infomation
Anna-Mari Vimpari, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, EU Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, tel. +358 9 1602 2242 or +358 40 722 7028 and Mikko Norros, Chief Communications Specialist, Government Communications Unit, tel. +358 9 1602 4008 or +358 40 547 6280

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