FULE-KOZHARA MEETING: LOOKING FORWARD, BUT WITH CONCERNS

31.01.13


EU-Ukraine

Stefan Fule, EU Commissioner for Enlargement, met Ukraine's Foreign Minister, Leonid Kozhara for the first time in Brussels on 30 January. They discussed recent developments in Ukraine and how to take forward Ukraine closer integration with the EU. "The European Union acknowledges the European aspirations of Ukraine and welcomes its European choice. Our engagement with Ukraine remains firm and is based on respect for common values", Commissioner Füle said.

Commissioner Fule also, however, reiterated that the EU continues to have concerns about the pace of reform in Ukraine, including in relation to selective justice, and raised specifically the treatment of Yuriy Lutsenko and Yulia Tymoshenko. He plans to visit Ukraine on 7-8 February and looks forward to continuing the dialogue to a conclusion which will benefit both the EU and Ukraine.

For the full text of Commissioner Fule's statement, click here.

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