Access to the European markets, extending Schengen area into this area and aid to develop civil society, are some of the benefits which Armenia and 5 other former Soviet countries included in European Unions Eastern partnership program would get.
Information on these and more, came from a Swedish Foreign Ministry official, as he talked to the U.S. Embassy staff in Stockholm back in 2008. Even though there is not a lot of new information in the particular Wikileaks ‘leak’ that was published recently, it is interesting to read the underlying motives for the creation of Eastern partnership initiative by Sweden and Poland.
Answering the question, how does the Eastern Partnership differ from other projects like the European Neighborhood Policy, the Swdish official, Frisell, said the goal is the creation of a sub-region of six states — Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia — that the EU will relate to “as a whole.”
“Efforts to shape civil society would be done “regionally,” and parliamentary cooperation would be targeted at the legislatures of all six states simultaneously. On immigration, the goal would be a “visa-free regime, extending Schengen to these countries.” So rather than try to shape the development of individual countries, Frisell said, “we want to shape the development of this important region adjacent to the EU.”
Read the full cable on Wikileaks.