Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze before her visit to Romania held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Ukraine Cristian-Leon Ţurcanu.
The sides discussed a wide range of issues related to the Ukrainian-Romanian bilateral dialogues, in particular, cooperation in the economic and security spheres, preparations for the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP) cooperation within the framework of the European Union and NATO.
"In the two weeks we will mark the 10th anniversary of the EaP.I hope that the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union will give a new impetus to this initiative, in particular, deepening sectoral and economic integration in such priority sectors as the digital market, customs policy, energy, as well as justice, freedom and security", Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister commended the noticeable contribution of the Romanian presidency in adopting strategic decisions, in particular, changes to the Gas Directive within the framework of the European Union Third Energy Package.
Apart from that, the parties touched upon overriding issues related to Ukraine's compliance with the strategic course for membership in the EU and NATO. In particular, the parties agreed that the core objective is to maintain the institutional and legal framework for Ukraine's approximation to the European Union and the Alliance established during the last years.
The conversation also revolved around the importance of maintaining high level of sectoral integration of Ukraine and the EU on the basis of the results of the last Ukraine-EU Summit and the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, as well as enshrinement of Ukraine's European integration aspirations in the relevant declaration on the results of this year's Eastern Partnership Summit, which will be held in May.
The Ukrainian side spares no effort to sign the decision of the Association Council on the renewal of Annex 27 to the Association Agreement as the basis for the integration of energy markets of Ukraine and the European Union as soon as possible.
The Decree signed by the President "Issues of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration
In light of the signing by the President of Ukraine of the Decree on European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Cristian-Leon Ţurcanu placed a special emphasis on the issues of Euro-Atlantic integration, in particular, enhancing cooperation with NATO within the framework of existing mechanisms.
"Romania plays pivotal role in the functioning of NATO-Ukraine Cyber Defense Trust Fund. We are also grateful for your country's proactive stance on expanding the presence of NATO forces in the Black Sea", the Deputy Prime Minister added.