The European Neighbourhood Council held a roundtable policy discussion with experts representing academia, think tanks and European Union (EU) officials in the European Parliament on September 29th, 2016.
In order to foster relevant dialogue, the roundtable included officials from the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Parliament, regional diplomats and a representative from each of the Ukrainian, Georgian and Moldovan representations.
Among the distinguished speakers were Mrs. Clara Ganslandt, Head of Division, EU Common Security & Defense Policy (CSDP) Partnerships and Agreements at the EEAS, Prof. Bruno Coppieters, Head of the Department of Political Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Mr. Sergiy Solodkyy, first Deputy Director of the Kyiv-based think-tank Institute of World Policy (IWP), and Mr. Stanislav Secrieru, policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI). The roundtable was introduced and moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, Director of the European Neighborhood Council and Ilhan Kyuchyuk, ALDE Member of the European Parliament.
On the record, Mrs. Ganslandt stressed the importance of the Eastern Partnership Panel on CSDP and the need for more consultations on security-related issues.
Prof. Coppieters, spoke about the concept of forgotten conflicts on behalf of the international community, referring to the cases of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia while placing the conflict in Transnistria (Moldova) under the same category.
Mr. Solodkyy underlined the necessity to strengthen and deepen the cooperation among all stakeholders (Ukraine, EU and NATO) in the area of intelligence sharing.
The Moldovan perspective was presented by Mr. Secrieru who stressed the importance of the EU’s support in order for Moldova to stay on the right course and tackle internal issues.
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The purpose of High Profile Roundtable Policy Discussions, held jointly with parliamentarians, is to inform and exchange ideas on specific policy topics in order to improve inter-institutional dialogue while improving best practice and EU policymaking.