6 November, Vilnius: The second round of Georgia and Moldova Reality Check policy review sessions took place on Tuesday, 5 November, in Vilnius, Lithuania, with the objective to gather expert inputs in order to provide a proper “reality check” on the two countries as well as on the Western policies towards them.
Two parallel behind-closed-doors sessions were organised by the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC) in cooperation with the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI), the Eastern European Studies Centre (EESC), and hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
The two events, opened by Mr Dalius Čekuolis, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, attracted over 60 high-esteemed participants including the Vice-Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, ambassadors, representatives of international organisations, diplomats, think-tanks and independent analysts from twelve countries – Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, United States, United Kingdom, France, and Russia.
Summaries and conclusions from each session will be published in a form of peer-reviewed non-papers a few days before the Vilnius Summit. They will offer specific recommendations for the EU to adopt a more realistic policy line in the run-up to the EU-Eastern Partnership summit and, even more importantly, for the period after November 2013.
The non-papers will be distributed and presented at the Civil Society Conference “Eastern Partnership Reality Check: Political Challenges and Future Agenda for Civil Society” that will take place in Vilnius along the EU-Eastern Partnership summit on 27-29 November, 2013.
The two Reality Check events were organised with the support of the International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
Reality Check is a joint project of the Slovak Atlantic Commission (SAC), the Central European Policy Institute (CEPI) in cooperation with the Eastern European Studies Centre (EESC, Lithuania). Its objective is to help satisfy the demand for a more effective Western policy towards the European Union’s Eastern Partnership countries. It aims to provide a framework for a rigorous review process engaging top domestic and international analysts, diplomats and policy-makers to gather inputs and discuss Western policy options behind closed doors.