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Eastern Partnership forum to be held in Brussels2009-09-18 16:05
The first forum on cooperation of civil societies in the framework of the Eastern Partnership will be held in Brussels in November, stated at today's press conference in Baku Giovanni Kremonini, the administrator of European policy and neighborhood office.gt-en-newsitem-inside
He added the EU heeds not only the cooperation of states' leaders, but also cooperation of civil societies of the Eastern Partnership member countries - Trend.
At the forum several working groups will discuss issues and give recommendations, Cremonini said. These recommendations will be presented at the meeting of foreign Ministers in December, the diplomat added and specified it would be held on November 16th - 17th in Brussels.
The Eastern Partnership is the Polish-Swedish initiative in the neighborhood policy, aimed at improving the EU's relations with the post-Soviet states. The program was approved at the meeting of the EU on March 20. The Eastern Partnership will cover the six countries neighboring the European Union: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. In the course of the program the EU would allocate the neighbor countries EUR 600 mln in 2009- 2013.