The Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met with the delegation of MPs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament.
The visit of MEPs takes place within the framework of preparation by a group of MEPs of the Report on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, which will be presented to the European Parliament this fall.
The Vice Prime Minister informed visitors that in February the Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration presented the Report on the implementation of the Association Agreement in 2017. "This is not just a compilation of statistical information, but a detailed analysis of the work fulfilled throughout the whole country over the past year", she said.
Moreover, the Vice Prime Minister also told about European integration plans for this year. The current priority is effective cooperation between the Parliament and the Government in implementing the Roadmap of legislative support for the implementation of the Association Agreement. It is based on the Government Action Plan for the implementation of the Agreement and contains 57 priority bills, 4 of which have already been approved as whole, and 7 – passed in the first reading. Such a pace since the beginning of the year inspires optimism for the continued fruitful cooperation between all parties to the process.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also reminded the members of the European Parliament that changes in Ukraine take place amid Russian aggression. But even despite that and counterstand of the old system, it was possible to start such unpopular but vital reforms as healthcare, education and pension, as well as to approach the launch of the privatization process.
Speaking about the challenges facing the European integration process, the Director of the Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanyshyna noted that currently there are three major problems: the resistance of the old system, often unrealistic deadlines enshrined in the Agreement back in 2007 and the tasks the implementation of which proves impossible without Parliament’s adopting of the necessary legislative framework.
Representatives of the European Parliament in turn asked if a threat to the European integration policy of Ukraine by populist forces exists after the elections in 2019 and how the process of rapprochement with the EU is perceived among the regions. The Vice Prime Minister informed that the Government had launched a program of raising awareness of the population about the European integration process.
The interlocutors also discussed European policy, in particular, Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.