EU-Ukraine summit - grounds for optimism?

25.02.13


EU summit

The EU-Ukraine Summit has taken take place today with the possible signing of the Association Agreement being the main item for discussion.

Ukraine will be required to show tangible progress by May at the latest in three key areas: i) appropriate follow-up actions for the 28 October 2012 parliamentary elections; ii) addressing the issue of selective justice and preventing its recurrence; iii) implementing the reforms set out in the jointly agreed Association Agenda. 

Details of the negotiations were summarised during a joint Press conference of Presidents van Rompuy, Barroso and Yanukovych.

Click here for the remarks by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and here for the statement by President Barroso, delivered during the joint press conference.

Click here for the text of a joint statement issued after the end of the summit.

Two documents were signed:

- the first being the 7th Annual Progress report on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine and EU on the cooperation in the field of Energy - signed by Eduard Stavytskyi, Minister for Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, and Gunther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy

- and the second, being the Administrative arrangement betwwen the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine on an Informal Business Climate Dialogue - signed by Ihor Prasolov, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, and Jean-Luc Demarty, Director-General, DG Trade.

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