The European Union supports the aspirations of the Associated Trio countries to develop sectoral cooperation within the Eastern Partnership initiative. The statement was made by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal following a joint visit to Brussels with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and Prime Minister of Moldova Natalia Gavrilița.
"Today was a landmark day for the future of the Associated Trio initiative. We presented our vision and exchanged views on the further development of the initiative together with the leadership of the European Union. I am grateful to the EU partners for an open and comprehensive conversation on various aspects of cooperation within the Associated Trio," said Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Head of the Ukrainian Government, Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia have made ambitious commitments in the field of transport by concluding Association Agreements.
"As the countries of the Associated Trio, we are fully interested in implementing the priorities of the EU Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy and look forward to working with the European Union to implement a further new communication strategy – the Global Gateway," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
According to the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Associated Trio in cooperation with the EU plans to move towards green transport transformation by reorienting to high-speed rail transport, development of multimodal transportation, transition of freight transportation from roads to rail and water traffic, etc.
Denys Shmyhal accentuated that given the high importance of energy security issues, the countries of the Associated Trio are ready to actively cooperate with the EU on the full range of issues in this area.
"All countries of the Trio are Contracting Parties to the Energy Community. We could consider launching a targeted platform on energy sustainability to help address energy security and security of supply at the regional level," the Head of Ukrainian Government noted.
Denys Shmyhal added, such a targeted platform will also help solve common problems in the transition to green energy and problems related to decarbonisation.