May 21, 2013
The powerful pro-European civil movement in
made the country's European choice irrevocable, stated the head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski at the celebration of Europe Days in
. The diplomat highlighted that the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement required efforts from both - authorities and the civil society.
"The signing of the Association Agreement is not the goal in itself, it opens up a new chapter in relations between
and the EU, and at the same time, greatly enhances the ability of
to shape the future of the continent, along with other European countries," he said on
. He also expressed hope that this time next year
would start a new chapter in the bilateral relations with Ukrainian flag waving alongside the flags of the EU member states, reports Ukrainian media.
In reply, Ukrainian Foreign Minister
would fulfill all the requirements necessary for signing the Association Agreement in
. He stated that as of
, most of the work had already been done; however, Ukrainian Parliament still had to adopt the necessary legislation. The minister expected the agreement to be signed, as planned, in November during the summit in
May 15, 2013
, the European Commission approved the proposals of the Council of the EU to conclude Association with
. The adoption of the proposals "technically enables the EU to move ahead with the required preparatory arrangements without pre-empting any decision," noted the Commission. The EU executive body highlighted that the possible Association Agreement with
, initialed in
, was "the first of a new generation of Association Agreements between the European Union and the Eastern Partnership countries."
In order for the Association Agreement to be signed,
is expected to meet the benchmarks outlined in the
December 10, 2012
, conclusion of the Council of the EU meeting. The three areas where
needs to demonstrate determined action and tangible progress are the implementation of pre-agreed reforms, elimination of selective justice, and compliance of the 2012 parliamentary elections with international standards.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine