Seventh Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue takes place in Kyiv

On Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 July, the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, and the Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Helga Schmid, on behalf of High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, will travel to Kyiv to participate in the seventh Eastern Partnership (EaP) Informal Partnership Dialogue.  The meeting is hosted by Ukraine and brings together EU representatives as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Economy of the six EaP partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) for informal, high-level discussions on the further development of the Eastern Partnership and on international issues. The meeting will be an opportunity for the participants to reflect on the implementation of the renewed European Neighbourhood Policy and to discuss ways of enhancing the effectiveness of the EaP in preparation for the next EaP summit, foreseen for 2017.  Ministers of Economy will engage in a discussion on economic reforms to unleash the potential of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  The Informal Partnership Dialogues are held twice a year and hosted in turn by the EaP partner countries.