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December 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton communicated the willingness of
Brussels to hold EU-Ukraine summit in early 2013. This was stated in the telephone conversation between
Catherine Ashton and
Ukraine's Prime Minister
Mykola Azarov, reported the press service of the Ukrainian government.
Ashton believes that the parties will sign the Association Agreement, including the part on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, at the Vilnius Eastern Partnership Summit in
November 2013. A similar statement was made earlier by the EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule at the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum in
Stockholm, Sweden (
November 30, 2012).
EU High Representative also informed the head of the Ukrainian government about the European Council on Foreign Relations' conclusions concerning
Ukraine. The European Union is committed to assisting
Ukraine with economic reforms and democratic transition. It also encourages the European choice of the country, said Ashton over the phone.
Ukraine to successfully carry out the previously agreed upon EU Association Agenda and ensure the reform of the electoral law as well as the judiciary and constitutional reforms. In particular, she welcomed
Ukraine's commitments to improve its current electoral system in accordance with the recommendations of the EU representatives. Ashton also reminded that the European Union was ready to assist
Ukraine in reforming its judicial system.
Ukraine's Prime Minister
Mykola Azarov stressed that
Ukraine was determined to fulfill the Association Agenda. "We are also ready to launch the new formats of EU-Ukraine dialogue in order to reform the judicial system, improve the electoral legislation and business climate in
Ukraine", commented Azarov.
The objective of the Association Agenda is to facilitate finalizing of the Association Agreement (AA) between the EU and
Ukraine. AA has reached the final stage of initialing in
July 2012, when the sides finished editing and coordinating approvals of the second - economic - part of the AA. The document creates a framework for cooperation and stipulates establishing closer economic, cultural, and social ties, as well as the creation of the free trade zone on the territories of the two entities. Now that the AA has been initialed, it is being translated into 24 languages and prepared for signing and the following ratification.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine