President of Ukraine

The Association Agreement should be a flexible instrument that corresponds to the realities of relations between Ukraine and the EU - President

8 July 2019 - 18:44

The Association Agreement should be a flexible instrument that corresponds to the realities of relations between Ukraine and the EU - President

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy offered to monitor the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in order to bring the cooperation of our country and the EU to a new level.

"This Agreement should be a flexible instrument that would correspond to the current realities of our relations, and most importantly, to the potential of Ukraine. That is why I offered our partners to start a joint assessment of the implementation of the Agreement in order to reach a new level. The level that will meet the interests of Ukrainian and European business and our consumers," the Head of State noted during his communication with the media following the results of the 21st Ukraine-EU Summit.

Until such an assessment is carried out, the parties must make effective use of all available opportunities, as stated by Volodymyr Zelensky.

"We are committed to further sectoral integration of Ukraine and the EU in the priority areas: energy, digital market, justice and internal affairs, customs cooperation and trade facilitation," he stated.

The President noted that today, during the summit, the achievements of the last years had been discussed - the introduction of the visa-free regime, decentralization, transparent government procurement. However, in his opinion, the most important and complicated changes in Ukraine are ahead.

The Head of State assured the European partners that Ukraine was committed not only to anticorruption reform, but also to other changes.

"This is the de-shadowing of the economy, the creation of an independent court, the elimination of monopolies, the fight against raiding and smuggling - by the way, I will sign the relevant decrees tomorrow. We are also determined to complete decentralization and strengthen civil society," he added, noting that in the framework of the summit, six agreements had been signed on the financing of measures that promote the reforms mentioned.

"We want and we will move very quickly in the issues of positive changes," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

According to the President, the participants of the summit had also discussed prospects of trade relations and noted that trade between Ukraine and the European Union would continue to grow.

Separately, the Head of State thanked the European partners for their willingness to provide the second tranche of the fourth macro-financial assistance program to Ukraine in the amount of 500 million euros.

He also noted that relations between Ukraine and Europe were not just a partnership, political association or economic integration.

"These are friends with whom we have a frank, sometimes a truly emotional yet honest and friendly dialogue about our common future. Geographically, Ukraine is the center of Europe. I will do everything for Ukraine to become such a center economically and mentally," Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed.

"We have a new President. Soon there will be a new parliament and a new government. Therefore, we will have a new chance," the Head of State emphasized.

For his part, President of the European Council Donald Tusk called today's summit a sign of improvement in the relations between Ukraine and the EU. "Our partnership is based on the Association Agreement, which is the largest comprehensive agreement ever made by the EU with any country. It is the basis of our political association and economic integration. Today, we discussed how to better use the potential of this Agreement for the sake of our citizens and businesses,” he said.


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