Represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the EC, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, the European Union yesterday hosted the 14th EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels.  Ukraine was represented by President Viktor Yanukovych. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, also attended the summit.

A joint 12-point press statement outlines the key matters discussed, including Ukraine’s democratic reform agenda and the issue of uninterrupted transit of energy resources to Europe.  Two key results from the summit were the Visa Action Plan for Ukraine and the Protocol for Ukraine's access to EU programmes. 

During a joint press conference held later in the day, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Durão Barroso both remarked on the signed agreements and the challenges that lie ahead for the coming year.  President Yanukovych emphasised that “our focus remains the same: establishment of the rule of law and support of democratic trends of development of the Ukrainian society". (Note: click on the links to read the full text of the respective statements.)

See also: - Visa breakthrough masks EU-Ukraine tensions

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Kyiv Post - Experts: Ukraine-EU summit won't change much




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