The 4 Pillars of EaP+

#1 Political Diversity

There are only a few regions in the world that have a similar past but are developing in completely different political and societal paths. The EaP+ countries look back on a shared Soviet-socialist past that leads to a lot of cultural similarities while there are also huge cultural gaps in place. For example the religious beliefs, geographic conditions, and political choices that lead to emerging social differences. One of the core values of AEGEE is a socially integrated Europe with due respect to human rights and social equality. While some EaP+ countries are successfully implementing roadmaps in respect to fundamental rights, developing an open society and working towards a non-discrimination policy, other countries are still repressing sexual equality, crackdown democracy and limitate fundamental human rights such as freedom of speech or freedom of expression.

#2 European Integration

European integration is a core value and driving engine of AEGEE. It, moreover, constitutes the driving force behind the success of the EaP+. That, in its turn, includes reduction of barriers for travelling, establishing visa free regime and closer connections towards the EU countries, as well as promotion of European political, social, cultural, economic, legal standards and benchmarks. The established cooperation in the aforementioned spheres, in theory, should ensure the democratic development and advancement of EaP+ countries and ensure a path for well-connected and prosperous Europe.

#3 Peace & Stability

Among the Eastern Partnership countries there are several historical, political, territorial and cultural conflicts that still regularly erupt and escalate. Recently we observed an increasing amount of military conflicts accompanied by clashing interests and approaches towards the issue. Without any doubt these conflicts lead to economic, social and political ruptures, struggles and insecurities of the citizens affected. It is important to draw a light on those conflicts and raise awareness about the different approaches towards different conflicts.

# 4 Sustainable Economic Growth

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, all EaP+ countries faced different economic difficulties caused by the transition from the communist central planning to the free market economy. In the process, the country’s economies developed differently due to various geopolitical, financial and social factors. Still, one of the major challenges is corruption, lack of foreign direct investments and poor infrastructure as well as environmental issues.

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