The program became official EU policy a year later.
Fundamental changes in the EU’s foreign relations triggered its creation. They were notably enlargement fatigue and the need for alternative options to existing European integration policies. The shift’s central motto was: Less integration and more cooperation.
The EaP Initiative offers participation in the EU’s internal market without EU membership. The other pillar was the prospect of visa-free travel. Although the idea of the EaP initiative emerged five years ago it is quite difficult to identify its major achievements. Therefore, Lithuania’s EU presidency and its major event, the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in November is of special significance. A vital success story is needed.