But Ukraine and Georgia are likely to be disappointed at not being offered visa-free travel to the EU in Riga, argued Ian Bond of the Centre for European Reform. EU officials say this hinges not on political decisions, but on meeting technical requirements.
"Enthusiasm for further integration between the EU and its eastern neighbors is on the wane, but Europe should be bolder," said Ian Bond, a former British diplomat now with the Centre for European Reform in London. "A grey zone to its east is not in the EU's interests."
The prime minister appears to realise that he needs to work to improve his relationships with other European leaders. In the past he has been seen by his prospective partners as rather “transactional”, says Charles Grant of the CER.