The Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with a group of the EU member states ambassadors dealing with the issues of the Eastern Partnership.
At the meeting, the European Union diplomats commended the reform process in Ukraine. "Despite the war and security challenges, Ukraine is showing significant progress in implementing reforms. I hope that the election period will not slow down the launched reforms", said Thomas M. Buchsbaum, Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership, Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria.
"I am grateful for you highly appreciate our work and believe that greater success is still ahead. We believe in what we do and now it is a result of the concerted work of the President, Government, Parliament, business and civil society", added Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. The parties also considered future cooperation formats within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Initiative, the process of implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, preparation for the Association Council meeting, gender policy of Ukraine, sectoral cooperation between Ukraine and the European Union, in particular, integration into energy and digital market of the EU, deepening cooperation in the sectors of the customs, justice, freedom and security; assessed the status of the implementation of 20 key objectives up to 2020 and shared plans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the launch of the EU Eastern Partnership Initiative.
The Vice Prime Minister noted that the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership is a peculiar chance to give a new impetus to this initiative. "Having a positive experience of the format EU+3 Ministries on trade, we can apply it in the future in other areas of our cooperation, in particular, it concerns the digital market, energy, the customs sector", she added. Apart from that, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed that Ukraine is interested in further intensifying the multilateral dialogue with all the participants of the Eastern Partnership. "Informal EU Councils on sectoral cooperation are an additional platform for an effective dialogue among us, and this format would be positive for all sides", the Vice Prime Minister underlined.