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  • Pavlo Klimkin in Luxembourg: sectoral integration should be crucial element to Eastern Partnership
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, posted 15 October 2018 22:54

     On 15 October 2018, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin took part in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) Foreign Ministers  meeting in Luxembourg.

     The meeting was chaired by High  Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica  Mogherini and brought together EU foreign ministers, their counterparts from EaP countries and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood  Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

     Foreign  ministers focused on the progress of implementation of the 20  deliverables for 2020 and prospects for the EaP future, in particular  with regards to the upcoming 10th anniversary of this EU foreign policy  initiative.

     Minister Pavlo Klimkin highlighted Ukraine’s efforts  in fulfilling the EaP priorities, paying particular attention to the  results of the fight against corruption and establishing of the  depoliticized civil service as a solid foundation for the implementation  of further reforms.

     Pavlo Klimkin noted that deepening of  sectoral integration between the EU and three associated partners aimed  at their further sectoral integration with the EU should be a crucial  element of the EaP initiative.

     The Minister called on the EU to  be ambitious, react to partners’ aspirations, present concrete  initiatives with visible results for the society before the EaP 10th  Anniversary and to start a discussion on EaP future.

     The Head of  the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine also underscored the importance of  strengthening the security dimension of the EaP and boosting of  cooperation on countering hybrid- and cyber threats, in particular from Russia. It is of particular importance in the context of the upcoming  elections in Ukraine and the EU.

     On the sidelines of the EaP  meeting, Pavlo Klimkin met with UK Secretary of State for Foreign and  Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade  of Hungary Péter Szijjártó as well as with Secretary General of European  External Action Service Helga Schmid