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EU Waters Down Vilnius Declaration

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

The European Union has watered down its language regarding the conditions for bloc membership for six former Soviet republics in the draft final declaration of the upcoming EU's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius.

The summit's final declaration -- a draft of which was seen by RFE/RL -- does not currently include Article 49 from the EU treaty that allows any European country to apply for membership if it "respects the fundamental values of the EU."

That had been in a previous version of the declaration, which is to be signed by officials from Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan on November 29 in Lithuania.

The draft document instead mentions that "the participants of the Vilnius summit reaffirm the acknowledgment of the European aspirations and the European choice of some partners and their commitment to build deep and sustainable democracy."

Article 49 is significant both from a legal and symbolical point of view.

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A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

EU Waters Down Vilnius Declaration

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