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On October 29-30, 2018, Vienna hosted the second international forum to discuss Eastern partnership — Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum (the initiative was launched in 2017 in Minsk). The theme of the forum was “The Politics of the Eastern Partnership: Looking Ahead at a New Decade of Challenges”.

On October 29-30, 2018, Vienna hosted the second international forum to discuss Eastern partnership — Eastern Partnership Reflection Forum (the initiative was launched in 2017 in Minsk). The theme of the forum was “The Politics of the Eastern Partnership: Looking Ahead at a New Decade of Challenges”.

The event opened on October 29 with a panel session at Diplomatic Academy of Vienna focusing on “Unity and Disputes in Greater Europe”, new approaches to cooperation and integration, and touched upon the issues of EU interaction with the Western Balkans and countries of the Eastern Partnership.

On October 30, the forum continued with three sessions gathering more than 60 experts and officials from 25 countries. The sessions focused on how EU countries see the prospects of the Eastern Partnership, the possibilities for the countries of the Eastern Partnership to overcome the consequences of the geopolitical situation "between" the EU and Russia, and the vision of the goals and objectives of the Eastern Partnership by the member sates.

Russian International Affairs Council was represented by Elena Alekseenkova, RIAC Program Manager.

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