Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and Prime Minister of Moldova Natalia Gavrilița in the format of the Associated Trio discussed cooperation in the field of trade, security and healthcare with the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli. The meeting took place during a working visit to Brussels on 30 November.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal noted that the initiative of the Associated Trio is aimed at deepening the process of European integration of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, as well as ensuring further strategic development of the Eastern Partnership initiative.
According to the Head of Ukraine’s Government, the ability of EU member states and partner countries to respond to the challenges needs to be seriously improved.
"In this regard, we expect the European Parliament to make appropriate recommendations to the EU institutions in its annual report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defense Policy for 2021," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine also stressed that the EU and the countries of the Associated Trio should combine experience in identifying and forecasting threats in healthcare sector.
"We must be on the same side if there is a new crisis. Together, we can make the pan-European response to future health issues more consolidated," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
The Head of the Ukrainian Government also stressed that trade is one of the most important areas of cooperation in the format of the Associated Trio. He added that all three countries have a DCFTA with the European Union, and therefore set similar goals in this direction.
"We already have an effective platform for cooperation, which is useful and valuable for discussing common issues related to trade, exchange of experience and best practices," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Denys Shmyhal thanked the European Parliament for its unwavering support for Ukraine's energy security.