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Ukraine’s Government Introduces European Integration Priority Steps

February 21, 2013

KYIV, Ukraine, February 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

The Ukrainian government released its newly approved plan of 2013 priority measures
regarding the European integration of the country. The document provisions for the
preparation of the Association Agreement signing and lists specifics of the development of
Ukraine – EU cooperation in the areas of foreign affairs and security, justice, trade, and
energy.

The first issue on the agenda for Ukraine is to intensify cooperation with member
states and relevant institutions in order to facilitate the signing of the Association
Agreement with the EU. Currently, the Eastern European country ended the association talks
with the Union, the parties finalized the text of the agreement, which is being translated
into the 22 official languages of the EU (excluding English, the language of the original
document) and into Ukrainian.

The nearest opportunity to further association would be the February 25, 2013, Ukraine
- EU summit. The next milestone meeting is scheduled for November 2013, when the Eastern
Partnership summit will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania. Earlier, EU Commissioner for
Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Fuele, along with the foreign
ministers of 13 EU countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, and Slovakia) stated their readiness
to facilitate the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU no later
than November 2013.

Additionally, the Ukrainian government further envisions its participation in European
peacekeeping and security initiatives, including fighting piracy, states the plan of
European integration priority measures for 2013. The Eastern European country aims to join
the EU tactical battle groups and continue cooperation with European defense institutions.

Cooperation in the field of justice will include guaranteeing compliance with the
decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, cooperation with Europol and Eurojust,
reforming public prosecution and defense, and conducting informal consultations with the
EU regarding the reforms of the Ukrainian system of justice. Ukraine also plans to
facilitate public support of European integration.

Trade related issues include implementation of the 2012-2014 strategic framework for
customs cooperation, which provides for safer trade and countering fraud. Moreover,
Ukraine wants to explore the possibility of joining the Europe-wide electricity
transmission system ENTSO-E, as well as the European satellite navigation system EGNOS,
and solicit the introduction of common airspace.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine


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