Ukrainian Officials: EU Association Agreement Initialing is a Matter of Weeks
KYIV, Ukraine, December 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Ukrainian government plans to initial the Association Agreement between the EU and
Ukraine in the upcoming weeks. The first Vice Premier, Minister of Economic Development
and Trade of Ukraine Andriy Klyuev noted that the foremost task for the Ukrainian
government was initialing the Association Agreement. The Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, responsible for the initialing preparation, stated that
the process would take several weeks.
In his statement, Minister Klyuev emphasized the importance of the Association
Agreement for Ukraine. He said that the draft of the document was quite ambitious and some
serious work lied ahead,since the Agreementwas 2,000 pages long. He mentioned that the
technical stage of initialing was currently unfolding both within the Ukrainian and EU
public institutions. He also shared that the parties agreed to initial the Agreement
a.s.a.p. during the 15th EU-Ukraine summit on December 19.
Deputy Minister Klimkin, in his turn, stated that during the EU-Ukraine summit a
political decision was made to prepare the initialing of the Agreement soonest possible.
“I think this will take several weeks,” he said. He explained that the delegations from
the EU and Ukraine would meet in a few weeks to harmonize the final text of the document.
Overall, the preparations should take up six to eight weeks, stated the official.
As of now, negotiations over the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine are
over. As a result, the EU-Ukraine cooperation has entered a new phase of cooperation. This
development ensued from the 15thEU-Ukraine Summit. It took the negotiating parties three
years to arrive at this point in the bilateral relations. Decision to head for association
was first made at the 12th EU-Ukraine summit on September 9, 2008, in Paris.
In August 2011 the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso declared
that the EU was willing to establish a long term relationship with Ukraine and the
Association Agreement would note remarkable progress of Ukrainian reforms.
Notably, various officials of the EU member states, including Czech Republic, Finland,
Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and Slovakia, backed Ukraine’s European
European integration has been a long-term foreign policy goal for Ukraine. The country
began negotiations with the EU in 1999.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine