On December 19, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with Vice-President of the European Commission, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
The parties discussed the preparation of the EU-Ukraine Association Council meeting in January 2020. Dmytro Kuleba informed his European counterpart that the Verkhovna Rada had adopted the last on the list necessary law to launch the process of assessing Ukraine's readiness to conclude the ACAA (industrial free visa regime), and now Ukraine counts on an EU Assessment Mission to Kyiv. The Deputy Prime Minister has asked the Vice-President with a request to facilitate the mission to be sent.
Dmytro Kuleba informed Josep Borrell that Ukraine is interested in taking an active part in the development and implementation of the European New Green Deal. The official informed that he is currently coordinating the preparation by the Government of the list of proposals on how Ukraine can participate in this EU initiative.
“As far as I know, there is now only a framework understanding of the Agreement. And the EU will discuss the following steps in detail. Ukraine will submit its proposals and we hope that the EU will consider them and take into account. We want to be part of this EU effort to achieve a climate-neutral economy. We will submit concrete proposals where Ukraine can participate and become an integral part of the European policy of the New Green Deal,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.
In turn, Josep Borrell welcomed Ukraine's intentions to join the New Green Deal. He also assured that the EU side was actively preparing for the Association Council meeting to ensure it covers all the urgent issues. The parties agreed that experts of the European Commission and Ukraine's Delegation to the EU will engage in active consultations to ensure the results are achieved at the Association Council meeting.
During the conversation, Dmytro Kuleba drew the attention of the EU top official that he was talking while ona visit to Kherson: “This is a region near the occupied Crimea. I am here for a regional visit. It is Kherson that will become the first region the Government will open a European integration office in. We want to implement European standards at the regional level as effectively as possible”. The Vice-President of the European Commission welcomed such efforts being made by the Ukrainian side.