February 23, 2013
Majority of Ukrainian MPs adopted a declaration of
European aspirations and signing of the Association Agreement (AA) between
and the European Union. The declaration is an integral part of the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit, which is to take place on
The adopted declaration affirms
ambition to proceed with European integration. According to the document, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukrainian Parliament, will ensure implementation of recommendations of the EU Council and the European Parliament.
In the document the Verkhovna Rada calls for the European Union and its Member States to ensure the prompt signing of the Association Agreement between
and the EU as soon as
demonstrates decisive actions and tangible progress in the areas identified in the conclusions of the EU Council, reported UNIAN. Notably, the
December 10, 2012
, conclusions of the EU Council on Foreign Relations included the recommendations on the electoral, judicial and constitutional reforms in
In addition, Ukrainian Parliament requests the EU to ensure full and compulsory implementation of the agreement between
and the EU countries on a simplified procedure for issuing visas to Ukrainian citizens giving them the right to move freely within the EU. The document also includes the request to provide adequate expertise and financial support to
in preparation for the implementation of the Association Agreement, especially while adapting the country's economy and the regulatory environment to operate in a deep and comprehensive free trade area with the EU.
Furthermore, Ukrainian Parliament called for the EU to look into the possibility of preliminary application of certain provisions of the AA regarding the creation of the free and comprehensive free trade area before the ratification process is completed by all EU Member States.