The Joint Declaration of the Warsaw Eastern Partnership Summit has 8 pages and consists of 29 points. The diplomatic language is stiff and if you try to find content in it, you need to translate it into political reality. Within the great policy of bringing the East closer to the EU, what matters is the objective, of course, but also the pace and intensity of the march at each stage. This is how I assess the declaration. Speaking to Catherine Ashton during a debate in the European Parliament that preceded the summit, I defined 3 points in which it would be possible to check the results of the summit.
1. Membership perspective
The word “membership” has not been pronounced. Alternatively, there are such wordings as community of values, principles, freedom, democracy and the rule of law, as well as “the participants of the Warsaw Summit acknowledge the European aspirations and the European choice of some partners”. And further “they highlighted the particular role for the Eastern Partnership to support those who seek an ever closer relationship with the EU”.
Translated into the language of simple people it means that: we give you the green light for the association, we do not promise the membership, but we will support anything that can bring you closer to it. Little, but together.
Point 8 of the Declaration refers to the technical conditions of the visa regime. The EU will make decisions individually and the necessary condition is the adoption of readmission agreement. In this context, “the Warsaw Summit take stock of progress made by the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine”. Further, these countries are indicated as models for other partners.
Translation: we can expect progress regardless of the state of talks with Russia.
I was afraid that the summit might be dominated by the situation of former Prime Minister of Ukraine. But it did not happen.
In summary, the summit deserves a ‘satisfactory’ grade.
As the old adage says, in legal contracts the most important is usually written at the end with small print. In the declaration the last Article 29 supports the intention of the High Representative and the European Commission to propose by the end of this year a roadmap, in consultation with partners, that would list the objectives, instruments and actions and guide their implementation until the next summit in two years. It has never appeared before. In this way we can get a clear picture of what actually the partners want to do when the lights of conference rooms go out.Author : Marek Siwiec MEP