The Future of the Eastern Partners: 6 Lessons from the Western Balkans

Frauke Seebass In the fifteen years since the Thessaloniki declaration confirmed the European accession partnership with the Western Balkans, only Croatia has succeeded in joining the Union. However, a new momentum has emerged this year, with the Commission seeing a new “credible enlargement persp...
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GIP participates in the roundtable discussion on Georgia’s Europeanisation at Clingendael

On October 22, GIP Director, Kornely Kakachia and GIP Deputy Director – Renata Skardžiūtė-Kereselidze, were invited to speak at the roundtable discussion – “Prospects and Challenges for the Europeanisation of Georgia” by Clingendael Institute in the Hague, Netherlands. With the launch of...
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Georgia in European Discourses: Swedish Perspective

On 10 October the Georgian Institute of Politics hosted the public discussion: “Georgia in European Discourses: Swedish Perspective” at Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF). The event was made possible with the support of the Embassy of Sweden in Tbilisi and in partnership with the Open Soc...
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GIP organized a public discussion in Berlin about the Eastern Partnership

The Georgian Institute of Politics, the Institut für Europäische Politik, the George C. Marshall Center and the Aspen Institute Germany jointly organized a public discussion “The Eastern Partnership – A Reality Check and the Way Forward”, in Berlin on 25 September. The event brought together...
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EaP CSF Working Groups 2 & 5 Meets in Brussels

GIP policy analyst, Mariam Grigalashvili, participated in the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) Working Groups 2 and 5 meetings held in Brussels on May 15-16, 2018. Meetings of these working groups, consisting of 6 sub-groups (youth unemployment, activities of SEMs, AA implementatio...
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Georgia in European Discourses: An Austrian Perspective

Johann Wolfschwenger For the past several years, Georgia has been a ‘model student’ of EU integration. The country’s firm pro-European stance contributed to the signing of the Association Agreement (AA) with the EU in 2014. However, Georgia’s European aspirations are not always adequatel...
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Georgia in European Discourses: Austrian Perspective

On 11 April The Georgian Institute of Politics hosted the public discussion: “Georgia in European Discourses: Austrian Perspective” at Open Society Georgia Foundation (OSGF). The event was made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Austria and in partnership with the ...
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Avoiding Gridlock: a Strategy for Georgia to Engage with Eurosceptic Europe

Bidzina Lebanidze Elene Panchulidze While EU’s door remains open to further accessions from Western Balkan countries, with current state, EU lacks the political will to give the same promise to EaP countries. For the Union the main dilemma is how to treat countries that are European but lack an im...
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Life Without EU Membership: The Case for a Multi-Speed EaP

Bidzina Lebanidze The recent Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Brussels highlighted once again the gap between the expectations of the Eastern partners and the European Union. The advanced Eastern partner countries aspire for nothing less than full EU membership – something which the European Co...
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From the Eastern Partnership to the European Union Membership – Joint Statement

Tbilisi, 30 November, 2017 On 24 November 2017 the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Brussels. Summit participants took stock of progress made since the Riga Summit in 2015 and adopted the Joint Declaration. In the Declaration the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries reconfirmed the hig...
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