The 23rd Ukraine-European Union Summit took place in Kyiv on October 12. The event was attended by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, Vice-President of the European Commission/High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
"European integration for Ukraine is a civilizational choice and at the same time a very practical tool that allows us to implement the best European rules and practices that have been developed over the years," said Denys Shmyhal in his address.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed that cooperation with the EU and international financial organizations is an important indicator of the fact our State has chosen the correct vector in its advancement. In particular, he thanked the European Union for allocating the second tranche of macro-financial assistance in the amount of EUR 600 million.
"We highly appreciate the EU's support in this difficult time of transformation in Ukraine, which is taking place against the background of the challenges caused by the pandemic, as well as the aggression of the Russian Federation," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Denys Shmyhal noted that the priority of the Government of Ukraine remains the work of integrating the best European practices within the so-called 5 visa-free directions: customs, aviation, digital, energy and industrial.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine expressed hope that the results of the 23rd Summit would be an important signal of strengthening the bilateral partnership and would demonstrate readiness to achieve further progress on the path of the implementation of the ambitious agenda of Ukraine-EU relations.