President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen commended Ukraine’s rapid pace of the reforms implementation. She made the said statement during a meeting with Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk in Brussels.
Ursula von der Leyen also assured that the European Union will continue to systematically support Ukraine in reforming and countering Russian aggression.
The Prime Minister thanked the European Union for its support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the unwavering and consistent sanctions policy against Russia for its armed aggression against Ukraine.
"We are grateful for rollover of sectoral sanctions against Russia in December last year. It is important to keep these sanctions until the Minsk agreements are fully implemented", says Oleksiy Honcharuk.
He noted that the new Government had set an ambitious goal in its Action Programme: to meet the economic criteria for EU membership in five years.To achieve this, it is necessary to speed up the implementation of the Association Agreement, as well as to accelerate the implementation of systemic sectoral and economic reforms.
The Prime Minister recalled that in less than five months the Government and Parliament in synergy passed nearly 30 "European integration" laws. Each of them is aimed at implementing European standards and norms in Ukraine to improve the quality of life of Ukrainian citizens.
The Ukrainian Prime Minister emphasized that today’s meeting of the council should be the starting point for achieving priority goals of bilateral EU-Ukraine agenda, in particular preliminary expert mission’s visit with a view to launch the negotiations and further sign the ACAA Agreement. The next issues on the table are the mechanism of implementation of the updated annex to the energy chapter of the association agreement; providing further steps on integration into the digital single market; launching the process of a balanced revision of the parameters of the deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA); advancing on Ukraine’s intention to engage within the European green deal process, in particular starting the development of a common roadmap.
In the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister noted that Ukraine appreciates EU's solidarity with the State after the recent shooting down of Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran and unanimity over Iran's responsibility for the tragedy. According to the PM, it is important to elaborate concrete proposals in the framework of ICAO, EASA, IATA and other international organizations in order to prevent air incidents with civilian airplanes in or over conflict zones in the future.