The Eastern Partnership Reality Check is a policy review process aiming to gather insights from top domestic and international analysts, practitioners, diplomats and policy-makers covering Eastern Partnership countries in order to discuss these behind closed doors. It has the ambition to satisfy demand for a more in-depth policy in this area. Under the aegis of Lithuania`s EU Presidency (July-December 2013) the first such a review was the Belarus Reality Check enacted in Vilnius, Lithuania, October 2012.
The first Moldova Reality Check event was held in Bratislava on April 20, 2013 in a closed format aimed at encouraging an honest exchange focused on factors influencing the country’s politics on the ground (i.e. the reality check). The event took place at a rather sensitive time when the pro-European government in Chisinau had collapsed.
The second Moldova Reality Check took place on November 5, 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania under the aegis of Lithuania’s EU Presidency. Organized by EESC together with Slovak partners: Slovak Atlantic Commission and the Central European Policy Institute. Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the International Visegrad Fund, the Centre for Eastern Studies (Poland), EUROPEUM (the Czech Republic), IDIS Vitorul (Moldova), the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs.
The third Moldova Reality Check is to take place on June 8, 2017 in Chisinau, Moldova. Organized by EESC with programmatic contribution from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The meeting is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
The review group is comprised of top Western, Moldovan and regional analysts with a particular emphasis on the independent character of the group in order to achieve evidence-based and balanced policy advice. The non-papers are product of the MRC meetings, fact-checking and peer review process. They are released in order to contribute to the policy debate in and outside of Moldova.