April 4, 2013
Ukraine is important to Europe as a source of economic growth and energy security, as well as a bridge to Russia,
reiterates the former Italian Prime Minister and the former
in his article for the Christian Science Monitor. The title of the article of April 2, 2013, reads
EU should welcome Ukraine as a partner for Europe's own good
In the light of Ukrainian and European leaders finalizing the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement (AA) negotiations, the Italian politician reminds that the AA would enhance bilateral trade and travel. The document is also expected to benefit
closer integration with the 27-nation bloc.
Romano Prodi suggests that reaching out to the Eastern European country [by signing the agreement] would "restrain anti-democratic impulses" in
, like it did in
, for instance. He reminded that at the time of the eight Central and Eastern European countries' accession to the EU in 2004, some of the new member states displayed conditions worse than those of today's
. Nowadays, however, these countries, including the post-soviet states, constitute an important part of the EU.
Speaking of the economy, Prodi comments that
, a country of some 46 million people, offers a large new market for the European products. Boasting highly educated and skilled professionals: software engineers, industrial workers, farmers, etc.
with new capable workers. "
information and high-tech industries can help continue
transformation into the knowledge center of the world," adds Prodi.
is important for energy security in
shale gas deposits of 42 million cubic meters - third-largest in
- are recoverable and environmentally friendly, can serve as an energy source for
and the world's population in the future.
"It is of economic, political, and geostrategic importance to
and the U.S. that
comes under the European umbrella of shared values and free trade," resumes Romano Prodi. Engaging
, a reliable NATO partner, would also be beneficial for the West in terms of security interests. This is a serious geopolitical opportunity for
and the US. We should make the most of it."
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine