As early as
2007 Ukraine may raise the issue of making clear its Eurointegration
prospects, including the nation's accedence to the
European Union, Vice Premier Oleh Rybachuk
told mediapeople in Kyiv during presentation of the
Road Map to supplement the Ukraine - EU Action Plan for 2005.
to Oleh Rybachuk, the Road
Map is a very detailed document, which specifies Ukraine's Eurointegration
steps this year within the framework of the Ukraine - EU Action Plan, signed on
February 21, 2005.
Action Plan was endorsed by the Cabinet of ministers and was presented in
Brussels to the EU party the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, for economics and
the Justice Ministry started implementing the document's provisions, the Vice
Premier told the journalists.
the Road Map, Oleh Rybachuk
noted, Ukrainian experts proceeded from two chief principles, which are the
steps' feasibility and adequate financial support the part of both Ukraine and
Map's steps, Oleh Rybachuk
wet on, specify six major areas of cooperation, same as the 2005 Action Plan.
particular, these provide for political, social cooperation, collaboration in
the energy sector and justice.
key objectives remain the same, that is, being granted
the market economy nation status.
As Mr Rybachuk reassured the journalists, after Ukraine's
successful consultations with the European Commission on April 14 and 15
Ukraine's chances look brisk for gaining the status during the June session of
the Ukraine - EU Cooperation Council.
Ukraine's accedence to the World Trade Organisation is the country's
another major objective, Oleh Rybachuk
to the Vice Premier, by June 2005 Ukraine expects to sign the remainder of
bipartite protocols on mutual access to markets of commodities and services.
Ukraine joins the WTO the issue will be raised of creating a Ukraine - EU free
trade zone, Mr Rybachuk said.
As the Road
Map devotes great attention to liberalizing the visa regime it could not be
altogether ruled out that as early as May 2005 the European Commission will get
the mandate for starting relevant talks with Ukraine, the results of which may
be endorsed in October, during the Ukraine - EU Summit.
to Mr Rybachuk, the visa regime's liberalization will
cover simplified visa issuance procedures for Ukrainian students, journalists,
artists, entrepreneurs and nullification of visas for certain categories of
Ukrainian citizens, particularly, diplomats.
Map also provides for holding an important conference of the donor-nations in
London, UK on May 11, at which Ukraine hopes to muster additional 300 M. USD to
replenish the Chornobyl Shelter Fund, Oleh Rybachuk disclosed.
to the World Bank's June meeting as another important international event as
expected to make a decision on allotting Ukraine a 700 M. USD grant.