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EU might get new Eastern Partnership

Europe goes East

Poland and Sweden will present a joint proposal on the development of a new eastern Europe policy at the upcoming EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels Monday.

The forum would aim to negotiate visa-free travel deals, free trade zones for services and agricultural products and strategic partnership agreements with countries in the region. It would also launch smaller, bilateral projects on student exchange, environmental protection and energy supply, but would avoid the controversial topic of EU membership perspectives. It is expected the countries in focus in the new Eastern Partnership will be Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, EUobserver.com reports with reference to Polish press agency PAP.