The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative that aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and the post-Soviet nations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. This policy initiative was meant to complement and strengthen the Eastern dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. To introduce some level of coherence in their relationship with the EaP partner countries the '20 Deliverables for 2020' was first published on 15 December 2016.
This report focuses primarily on the ‘20 Deliverables for 2020’ because the sectoral areas included can be considered in relation to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As all member states of the EU and the six countries covered by the EaP are committed to the 2030 Agenda, the report considers the contributions and opportunities presented by 20 for 2020 as mutually reinforcing.
The report is intended to offer strategic insights about the political framing of the SDGs in those countries covered by the EaP and an analysis of common development challenges. It explores some long-term challenges around economic growth, demography and the environment; and assesses the status of SDG implementation in each country. It then offers some priority areas that governments and development partners can focus on to increase the transformative potential of their policies and investments.