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Euronest Parliamentary Assembly

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The Euronest Parliamentary Assembly is the inter-parliamentary forum in which members of the European Parliament and the national parliaments of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia participate and forge closer political and economic ties with the European Union.[1][2] It was established in 2009 by the European Commission as a component of the Eastern Partnership. After the elections in Belarus in 2010 were declared as flawed by the OSCE, the membership of Belarus in Euronest was automatically suspended. Belarus is welcome to re-join the Assembly once political requirements have been fulfilled.[3] In 2015, Azerbaijan's membership was suspended due to the European Union's criticism of human rights abuses by the government. In September 2016, it was announced that Azerbaijan would take the necessary steps towards restoring ties.[4] As of 2017, the combined population of Euronest members (excluding Belarus and European Parliament members) stands at 61, 927, 521 people.

Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
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Formation 2009
Type Economic and political cooperation organization
Location
Membership
5 plus 28 European Parliament members
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Member StatesEdit

In addition to the 28 member states of the European Parliament, 5 Eastern European states participate:

Suspended MembersEdit

Plenary MeetingsEdit

The Euronest PA meets once a year, alternately in an Eastern European Partner country and in one of the European Parliament places of work (Brussels, Luxembourg or Strasbourg):

EU IntegrationEdit

 
Euronest members have been recognized as possible EU candidates.[5]
  Current EU members
  Candidate countries
  Potential candidate countries
  Membership possible

Members of Euronest have been regarded as belonging to the "European family". All members are part of the European Neighbourhood Policy and each maintain various degrees of integration with the EU. Some members of Euronest such as Ukraine and Georgia (country) are actively seeking eventual EU membership and wish to forge closer ties with the EU. Other states such as Armenia and Moldova cooperate with both the European Union and the Russian-led Eurasian Union. While Azerbaijan and Belarus have been questioned about their European perspectives due to human rights abuses and lack of freedom of speech.

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