Ukraine is interested in deepening integration with the European Union in the format of the Eastern Partnership Plus. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian National Platform of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum.
"On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Eastern Partnership, which we celebrate in May this year, it is important for us to work in synergy with civil society on our common goals and plans for further work. We will pay particular attention to developing cooperation in the format of the Eastern Partnership Plus," Deputy Minister said.
According to Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, strengthening of the bilateral dialogue between Ukraine and the European Union will facilitate Ukraine's leadership positions within the Eastern Partnership. In particular, Kyiv has every opportunity to become a flagship among six countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Armenia - ed.) in particular, in the energy and digital industries. "This completely in line with what we want to do in the framework of the implementation of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement," she stressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister recalled that Ukraine and the EU agreed to enhance cooperation in the priority areas of energy, justice and internal affairs, customs and digital economy at the the 5th Association Council meeting between the EU and Ukraine.
"Realization of these tasks is our overriding priority in 2019," Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze stressed.
Moreover, intensive bilateral cultural and youth exchange will advance deepening cooperation. In this regard, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze expects positive EU decisions on supporting establishment of the EaP European School and pening academic programmes of the College of Europe (a postgraduate institute of European studies). Such institution and courses will not only improve the knowledge of Ukrainian youth about the European Union, but also raise the level of skills of local self-government authorities in the context of decentralization reform.
The Eastern Partnership Plus project is aimed at countries that have achieved significant results in implementing the Association Agreements. One of the components of such a format could be the creation of a Trust Fund, which will focus on investments in the economy of such partner countries.