Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them

The Eastern Partnership Programme

The Eastern Partnership Research Programme analyses the political, economic and socio-cultural processes associated with the Eastern Partnership countries and their foreign and domestic policies. Particular attention is paid to the process of integration of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia into the European Union, their internal reforms, the sustainability of democracy and the development of civil society. Publications and events aim to deepen understanding of the strategic and geopolitical objectives of Eastern European countries, their impact on Europe and transatlantic relations, as well as on Lithuania’s strategic objectives. We invite you to read.


Bulletin Feb 05, 2024
Moldova’s handling of Russian disinformation: building new tools and uprooting old patterns

With the diminishing effectiveness of coercion measures aimed at Moldova in the economic and energy spheres, Russia is increasingly relying on elements of its 'soft power'. This encompasses the fertile informational environment in Moldova, where Russian narratives tend to be easily absorbed by the public. This phenomenon has persisted since Moldova's independence but was largely ignored, especially by political stakeholders, until the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.

Denis Cenusa
Bulletin Jul 28, 2023
The Russian war in Eastern Europe and the emergence of EU CSDP missions: Three distinct cases in Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova

In light of the outbreak of the full-scale Russian war against Ukraine in February 2022, the European Union has launched a series of new Common Security and Defence Policy missions in its eastern neighbourhood. This emerging trend marks a notable milestone in the EU's geopolitical aspirations in the region. This edition of the EESC bulletin describes the profiles of the missions deployed by the EU in Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia and analyses their rationale from the EU point of view and the implications for the host countries.

Denis Cenusa
Bulletin May 02, 2023
Crisis of Russia’s soft power in the CIS and Eastern Partnership countries

Against the backdrop of the objective decline of Russia’s external legitimacy, Russia has adopted a new Foreign Policy Concept, which was published in March 2023. This document emphasises Russia’s humanitarian cooperation with the world as a whole and its regions, particularly those where it has traditionally exerted an influence.

Denis Cenusa
Review Apr 15, 2022
Prospects for Ukraine’s accession to the European Union

The Eastern Europe Studies Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania hosted the online discussion Perspectives of Ukraine’s Accession to the European Union to delve into the circumstances surrounding developments in Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union, starting with the proposals for state to be granted accession candidate status.

Rytų Europos studijų centras
Review Nov 04, 2021
Fixing EU (in) visibilities in the six EaP countries

Right now, the EU may be the most trusted international actor in the region, but to maintain sustainable visibility, it should be more proactive and inventive, the paper suggests.

Denis Cenusa
Bulletin Oct 28, 2020
The 2020 Presidential Elections in Moldova

The date of the elections was set by Parliament on May 21, shortly after the country had emerged from a 2-month COVID-19-related state of emergency.

Denis Cenusa
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About Eastern Partnership Programme

Established in early 2020, the Eastern Partnership Research Programme of the Eastern Europe Studies Centre analyses political, economic and socio-cultural processes related to the Eastern Partnership countries and their foreign policies. The research programme is coordinated by analysts and associate experts from the Eastern Europe Studies Centre.

Eastern Partnership Programme expert

Denis Cenusa

Associate Expert at the EESC and Research Fellow and PhD student at the Institute of Political Science at the Justus Lybig University of Giessen, Germany, researching global governance and the resilience of countries in the EU neighbourhood. He has published extensively between 2015 and 2021 on European integration, EU-Russia interaction, good governance and energy security in Eastern Europe. Mr Cenusa is also an Associate Expert at the Moldova think tank Expert-Grup, where since 2015 he has been coordinating a SIDA-funded joint project with the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels on Sakartvel, Moldova and Ukraine.

Saulius Rimutis

Saulius Rimutis graduated from Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science (VU IIRPS) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2021 and from VU IIRPS with a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy in 2023. Saulius has experience in the energy sector working for the National Energy Regulatory Council. He is currently pursuing his career in a state-owned energy company as a strategic planning analyst. His main areas of interest are national security, energy and warfare.