17.11.2016 | Yerevan, Armenia

Informal Eastern Partnership Dialogue at Ministerial level focusses on Research and Innovation

The Informal Eastern Partnership Dialogue on 17 November in Yerevan, Armenia, brought together EU Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Carlos Moedas, the EEAS Deputy Secretary General Jean-Christophe Belliard, and the Ministers and high ranking officials of the EaP partner countries for a high-level exchange on future developments in the Eastern Partnership and key areas of cooperation.

The Informal EaP Dialogue gave participants an opportunity to discuss the progress achieved across the key areas of cooperation agreed at the Riga Summit last year. They discussed the implementation of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy and exchanged views on ways to enhance the effectiveness of the Eastern Partnership, in light of the next Summit foreseen for November 2017 in Brussels. The Ministers also addressed current international and global security issues, in particular, issues with an impact on the region.

A new initiative EU4Innovation was launched during the meeting and will link the EU activities that support the development of the Eastern Partnership countries innovation capabilities, mostly those funded under the Horizon 2020 programme and the European Neighbourhood Instrument. This will bring new mobility opportunities for administrations, businesses, professionals, students and researchers and will promote research-industry partnerships amongst others.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine