MEPs ask EU leaders to do all to sign Association Agreement with Ukraine
MEPs, who are members of an informal group of Ukraine’s friends, have called on the heads of the institutions of the European Union to do everything they can to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at a summit in Vilnius this November.
This is stated in an open letter by 20 MEPs to European Parliament President Martin Schulz, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, the Ukrinform reported on October 10.
“We appeal to you to do everything possible to make the Association Agreement and DCFTA between the European Union and Ukraine signed during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, which will be held on November 28-29, 2013,” reads the letter.
The MEPs noted, in particular, significant changes towards democratization of Ukraine’s political system, the strengthening of the rule of law in the country, an active role of Ukraine on the way to the Association Agreement and DCFTA, the aspiration of Ukrainian people to integrate into the European community, as well as long-term cultural and economic ties between Ukraine and the European Union.
They also pointed to the necessity of cooperation in energy and transport sectors, the importance of Ukraine as a partner and friend for the European Union, the geostrategic location of the country, and the fact that Ukraine has a big potential as an EU ally.