The Associated Trio:
Enhancing Cooperation
for Peace, Democracy and Prosperity

@VIRTUAL DEBATE - WEDNESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY, 3 PM CET (90 MIN)
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HOSTED BY IVAN STEFANEC MEP

ITRE & IMCO COMMITTEES

Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly

SME Connect Board Member

ABOUT THIS WEBINAR
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In December 2019, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova – the three EaP countries with an association agreement with the EU – signed a joint statement, submitted to EU High Representative. In the statement, they advocated a new EU+3 format, enabling sectoral integration in transport, energy and other fields, as well as full access to the four freedoms of the EU – free movement of goods, services, capital and persons to help them progress faster on their path to European integration.

The format was welcomed by the Central and Eastern Europe countries and it also found endorsement in the European Parliament. However, a clear political will to endorse such an initiative from the EU institutions and their leadership is still being looked for. Fortunately, considering the latest developments on the Eastern frontier of the European continent, Brussels is becoming increasingly aware that it will be very difficult to ignore the differences between EaP countries’ European aspirations and capacity to pursue EU integration.

During our event we will bring together the perspectives from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to discuss how Brussels could build practically on the success of the Association Agreements signed in 2016 and 2017. While this step undoubtedly encouraged the Trio nations to draw closer to the bloc, the European Union cannot rest on this accomplishment. Instead, concrete steps such as formally recognising the Associated Trio as a distinct grouping within the EaP, as well as reconsidering proposals to pursue integration on a sector by sector basis with enhanced economic integration, would demonstrate the commitment of the European Union and lead to a watershed moment to push for a more visionary policy on the European continent.

WELCOME & OPENING
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IVAN STEFANEC MEP

Committee on the Internal Market & Consumer Protection;

Committee on Industry, Research & Energy;

Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly;

President of SME Europe of the EPP;

SME Connect Board Member

DEBATE
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Genadi Arveladze

Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

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Vladimir CUC

State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova

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Taras Kachka

Deputy Economy Minister of Ukraine;

Trade Representative of Ukraine

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IVAN STEFANEC MEP

Committee on the Internal Market & Consumer Protection;

Committee on Industry, Research & Energy;

Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly;

President of SME Europe of the EPP;

SME Connect Board Member

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Iuliu Winkler MEP

Vice-Chair of the Committe on International Trade;

First Vice-President of SME Europe of the EPP

 

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LUKAS MANDL MEP
Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence;
Committee on Foreign Affairs;
Board Member of SME Connect
ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVE
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TEONA LAVRELASHVILI

Project manager of the European Party Monitor and a Doctoral Researcher at the Public Governance Institute

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Krzysztof Nieczypor

The Eastern Studies Instiute – Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich

BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE
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AGATA BOUTANOS

Head of Brussels Office with the Union of Entrepreneurs & Employers (ZPP)

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Damir Filipovic

Europan Enterprise Alliance Secretary General

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DR. HORST HEITZ

Chair of the Steering Committee with SME Connect;

Executive Director with the SME Europe

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MICHAEL JÄGER

CEO of the European Economic Senate

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MARCO TOSON

President of the Confindustria Ucraina;

Honorary Consul in Italy for Ukraine

 

MODERATED BY
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TUDOR PETRU FABIAN

Coordinator of the Working Group on Trade with SME Europe of the EPP

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