European Union External Action

Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the EU Ambassadors’ Conference 2019

Bruxelles, 04/09/2019 - 08:32, UNIQUE ID: 190904_6
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Excerpts from the speech by Federica Mogherini on Ukraine.

In South East Asia or in Ukraine, in Africa or in the Gulf - what I have heard in these recent months, is that all our partners are asking us to keep engaging with them as we have done in these years, to keep supporting mediation, free and fair trade or the fight against climate change. These are just examples of why people and our partners see in us a vital point of reference. The world needs us today and it is in our interest to keep a consistent and very strong engagement in world affairs in every single region of the world.

The crisis in Ukraine is still not over, but in these five years, Ukraine has come a very long way and it is today a much more resilient country than it was five years ago. Our work with Ukraine has very strong security component - rightly so but – we have also immensely invested in the country's human development. We have helped create jobs, build and rebuild infrastructure, we have liberalised access to the European Union, invested in exchanges between our people, between our universities. In these five years, we have put together for Ukraine the largest support package in the history of the European Union. It is thanks to that if the country has not collapsed and has managed to move on and try to get out of this crisis today on a new basis. Despite immense challenges Ukraine today is a much stronger country than it used to be. I remember in 2014, a dramatic year when I started, we were definitely not in the same place.

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