Posted on 19.04.2013 in EU and the Eastern Partnership, News, Ukraine

Kwasniewski: Ukraine has made many steps towards association with EU

Former President of the Republic od Poland – Aleksander Kwasniewski, photo:

Ukraine last month made many steps towards signing the Association Agreement with the European Union. A representative of the European Parliament’s monitoring mission, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, said this in Strasbourg on Thursday, a UKRINFORM correspondent reported.

“We see that many steps forward have already been made. But still a lot needs to be done. And we, through our mission in Ukraine, are supporting the process of meeting the association criteria,” Kwasniewski said.

He praised the unblocking of the work of the Verkhovna Rada and the approval by the Ukrainian parliament of the necessary legislation on European integration, which “opens the way for Ukraine to association with the EU.”

“We’re pleased, because we conducted difficult work last month. And we will continue it. Last month we established very effective interaction with both sides – the opposition and the government. The European Union is not a goal only for one side. This is a goal for the people of Ukraine. We hope that this unique historic opportunity will be used at a summit in Vilnius in November,” Kwasniewski said.

Another representative of the European Parliament’s monitoring mission, former European Parliament President Pat Cox, supported the position of his colleague. He noted the release of former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, who, according to the Irish politician, is a clear signal of Ukraine’s desire to sign the Association Agreement with the EU.

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, in turn, said that all political groups in the EU’s legislative body had supported the initiative on the development of new formats to expand political dialogue with Ukraine.

As UKRINFORM reported, the European Parliament on Thursday extended the European Parliament’s monitoring mission in Ukraine until September 2013.

Source: Ukrinform