British Ambassador: Ukraine-EU Association Agreement Would Be Mutually Beneficial
KYIV, Ukraine, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Signing the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union would be
advantageous for both sides, stated the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland in Ukraine Simon Smith, as reported by unian.ua. This statement was a
“common belief and common vision” of the entire EU, reiterated the UK Ambassador at the
meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration.
The EU is convinced that the Association Agreement, including the Deep and
Comprehensive Free Trade Area, will introduce great benefits to Ukraine, according to the
UK Ambassador. He specified that the benefits would include the introduction of the best
environmental standards, increasing opportunities for Ukrainian businesses, and
improvement of the judicial system of the country.
Ambassador Smith informed that the Embassy of Great Britain considered the ways to
communicate such Association Agreement benefits to Ukrainian citizens. Moreover, the UK is
ready to assist Ukraine in implementing all the necessary steps for signing the Agreement.
“We will create an informal coordinating committee that will ensure joint efforts. And we
are pleased that this committee will include the members of the Committee on European
Integration of the Verkhovna Rada… We are absolutely open to cooperation with you
[Ukraine],” stated the Ambassador.
In his March 2013 interview with glavkom.ua, the Ambassador reiterated Great Britain’s
support for Ukraine joining the EU: “In Britain we do not show impatience in the question
of whether Ukraine will join the European Union – the decision rests with the Ukrainian
people and the Ukrainian government. And no one can decide it for the Ukrainian people.
But if you ask us whether we envisage Ukraine’s accession to the EU in the future, our
answer is yes, absolutely!”
Speaking about bilateral business relations, Ukrainian businesses were already present
in Great Britain, particularly in London, said the Ambassador. “I would be happy if a
large number of Ukrainian companies were present at the UK market… We want to see
Ukraine, with its fantastic potential, as our major European partner. However, it will be
extremely difficult to realize this potential if the democratic processes are curbed
here,” he concluded.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine