Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze held a meeting with the Ukrainian part of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform. The meeting was also attended by Director of the Government Office for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna and representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
The conversation revolved around a Joint Declaration which was adopted on 18 May 2017 after the 4th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform in Brussels. The said document envisages recommendations, particularly on environmental protection under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as well as on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area to the Government of Ukraine and to the European authorities.
The Vice Prime Minister congratulated representatives of civil society on activation of visa-free regime and also placed a special emphasis on the necessity to strengthen efforts for the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The interlocutors discussed introduction of the “eurointegration reforms” and lack of cooperation in this direction between the Government and the Parliament.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze urged representatives of the Ukrainian part of the Platform to more actively monitor the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the framework of public control. In turn, representatives of the NGOs sector expressed their readiness to join the process aimed to update the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine as well as in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Moreover, the Vice Prime Minister welcomed their eagerness to be engaged in the triangle "Parliament-Government- Civil Society” as regards advocacy of “eurointegration” laws.
The EU-Ukraine Civil Society Platform (CSP) is an instrument of bilateral dialogue between the civil societies of both sides, established in accordance with the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (Article 469) in order to keep them informed of the implementation of the Agreement as well as to gather their input in this regard. The CSP is a Forum which consists of members of the European Economic and Social Committee on the one hand and representatives of the Ukrainian civil society on the other and is designed to ensure dialogue and the exchange of ideas.