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EU-Ukraine Summit strengthens partnership and confirms commitment to reforms

24/11/2016 - 19:46
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Today, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and shared commitment to a comprehensive reform agenda at the EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels. The summit took place almost three years to the day of the beginning of the Maidan revolution, when Ukrainians protested on the central square in Kyiv, Maidan, demanding closer association with the EU.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, Donald Tusk the President of the European Council and Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament met Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine at a Leaders’ discussion.

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commission Vice-Presidents, Maroš Šefčovič and Valdis Dombrovskis, and Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Cecilia Malmström attended the Summit plenary session.

Three years on the Summit provided an opportunity to recognise the substantial progress made by Ukraine to implement deep and far reaching reforms, in spite of the ongoing challenges it faces with the conflict in the east of Ukraine.

The EU reaffirmed its resolute support to Ukraine's continuing reform efforts, the level and depth of which is unprecedented in the EU's relations with a third country. The EU also stated the strong commitment to deliver visa liberalisation for the Ukrainian people and reiterated that Ukraine had met all the necessary requirements for this.

A new €15 million programme was announced to support further reforms to tackle corruption, part of a larger €300 million programme that also includes support for decentralisation, the reform of public administration and the rule of law (€52.5 million); a new Memorandum of Understanding on a Strategic Energy Partnership was signed; an increase in support to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of €5 million was provided, adding on to €25 million already granted, and a €6 million support package covering the areas of community policing and public order.

The Summit also provided the European Union with an opportunity to outline the way forward regarding EU Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine and to discuss the EU's proposal of September 2016 to improve access to the EU market for a number of industrial and agricultural products from Ukraine, in addition to the opportunities created already by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).

The European Union also reaffirmed its unwavering support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.