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Europe After The Lisbon Treaty. Strategies for the Future

G iorgi Baramidze, Deputy-Pri- me Minister, Minister for Euro- pean and Atlantic Integration, Government of Georgia, noticed that the Eastern partnership may not assu- me anything in advance. One cannot expect EU membership of countries it applies to, but it certainly allows one to help improve living standards and bring the quality of the institution to a European standard. This provides the- se six countries with an opportunity to become European in a certain sense. That is why he nds this initiative va- luable and expresses hope that since it applies to Eastern Europe, which is a special place on the map of Europe, it will be a long-lasting policy of the European Union. Sejed Hossein Nagawi, Membe , Parliament of Islamic Republic of Iran Pierre Morel, EU Special Representative for the Central Asia and Georgia, Council of the European Union, France

n turn, Marek Kuchciński, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm, critically assessed the Eastern Partnership acknowledging that the Union should conduct a more inten- sive policy supporting the countries willing to integrate with it. In his view, 600 million Euro for the entire project is denitely too little, as it is less than annual help granted by the EU to Turkey. I

Business as a Factor of Stabilisation in the South Caucasus: True or False? Bezhan Khurtsidze, Vice–Chairman of the Territorial Integrity Commission, Parliament of Georgia Vafa Farajova, Directo , Caucasus Business and Development Network, Azerbaijan Natalia Mirimanova, Researche , International Alert, Belgium Nazim Mamedov, Deputy Chairman of the Economic Policy Committee, Parliament of the Republic of Azerbaijan


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