Eastern Partnership
High Level Think Tank Event

The future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership

9 December 2021 | 9:00 - 12:30 CET| online event

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It is our pleasure to invite you to the one-day high-level think tank event “The Future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership” organized by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) together with the Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

At this event, we will assess how current trends are impacting the development of the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) ahead of its next summit, which is now scheduled for December 2021 after having been delayed for over a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Recent challenges arising from the pandemic and its socioeconomic consequences – as well as various crises in the EaP region, including the second war in Nagorno-Karabakh and situation in Belarus – have resulted in increasingly louder calls for an upgrade of policy. Hence, this event will bring together key policy-makers and think tankers to discuss current obstacles and ways forward.

“The Future of the EU’s Eastern Partnership” will consist of three separate parts. The main event is a high-level panel discussion with policy-makers and senior experts on the broader expectations for the December summit. It will be followed by two spotlight sessions, each of which will focus on a pressing crisis for the EaP. The first session will examine the political situation in Belarus; the second the protracted conflicts in the EU’s eastern neighborhood.

The event is co-hosted by the German Council on Foreign Relations’ Network of Think Tanks on the Eastern Partnership, a network of more than ninety think tanks working on the EaP. Discussions will be online.





For additional information and details of the content of the event, please contact

  • Ms Laura Gelhaus, DGAP, gelhaus@dgap.org
  • Mr Simion Costea, European Commission, DG NEAR C2, simion.costea@ec.europa.eu



Please complete the online registration form by December 8, 2021, to confirm your attendance. Once you have registered on the website, you will receive a confirmation email within a few working days. Please consult the website regularly to view any updates.

We look forward to welcoming you in our virtual meeting space!



Cecoforma, on behalf of the organisers
Ms. Eleni Fedorova
Project Manager
M +32 484 630 556

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Registration is open until 8 December 2021.

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