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  • The Report of the European Parliament testifies that the EU expects deepening of integration with Ukraine, says Olha Stefanishyna
    Service of the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, posted 11 February 2021 11:11

    The Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna commented on the adoption by the European Parliament of the Report on the Implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The Report contains proof of Ukraine's progress in reforming and implementing the Association Agreement and provides recommendations on further steps.

    "The European Parliament's Report is another indication that Ukraine's deeper integration with the EU is not a unilateral request from Kyiv. This is a request supported by our European partners. We are "stitching" Ukraine together with the EU sector by sector until Ukraine becomes a full member of the European Union. Having fulfilled the Association Agreement by 53%, we have passed part of this way. In addition, we are ready to sign the Open Skies Agreement, have fulfilled our obligations to conclude an industrial visa-free deal with the EU in three sectors, and stand ready to develop flagship initiatives with the EU - the Digital Market and the European Green Deal," said Olha Stefanishyna.

    The European Parliament's Report states that Ukraine has a European perspective under Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union and can apply for membership of the European Union subject to all Copenhagen criteria and principles of democracy, respect for fundamental freedoms, human rights and minorities, and providing the supremacy of law.

    The proper completion of reforms, in particular in the areas of rule of law, good governance and the fight against corruption, also remains among key objectives.

    The European Parliament commended the progress made by Ukraine in implementing of the Association Agreement, in particular in the sectors of agriculture, energy, banking, decentralization, the digital economy, the environment and electoral procedures. MEPs also welcomed the pursuing of reforms that have led to the deregulation of the economy, greater transparency of public finances and improved regulations.

    The decision contains that the EU supports the comprehensive renewal of the Association Agreement, the deepening of political association and economic integration, including enhanced sectoral integration of Ukraine into the EU.

    The European Parliament calls on Ukraine and the EU to intensify efforts to further liberalize bilateral trade, including the conclusion of the ACAA – an industrial free visa regime agreement, as well as cooperation on sanitary and phytosanitary measures. The European Parliament also supported the signing of the Common Aviation Area Agreement with Ukraine as soon as possible.

    MEPs noted the progress made in cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the digital sphere. They welcomed Ukraine's desire to contribute to the European Green Agenda and called on the Commission to support Ukraine's efforts.