To the surprise of many, the pandemic did not stop the talks on the Eastern Partnership. On the contrary, in a period that you would have expected it to be more of a total freeze - especially in the EU which was hit hard by the virus - the Eastern Partnership has been propelled, with the contribution of the European Union, to a new dimension of integration and regional resilience to global threats. It happened, first of all, due to the fact that most of the European support offered to Moldova to fight the pandemic and its economic consequences came in the context of Moldova’s membership of the Eastern Partnership. On 18 March 2020, Brussels presented a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. And the announced goal, was the same- progress: strengthening democratic institutions, rule of law, environmental and climate resilience, digital transformation and promoting a fair and inclusive society.
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