Government for activation of cooperation with EU

18:53, 12 September 2006
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Yanukovych to disucss this in Brussels

Cabinet of Ministers plans to initiate activation of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in a new base agreement, as Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych informed journalists, according to the press-office of the Cabinet of Ministers.

According to the Head of Government, this topic will be issued during his official visit to Brussels.

      Prime Minister stated that one of the issues which European Commission raises is collaboration of the new Government with the EU, as well as position of the Cabinet of Ministers concerning Euro integration. In this connection Viktor Yanukovych noted that even the first program of the Regions Party, which he heads, clearly defined integration to the European Union as one of the priorities. “Nowadays we are convinced that Ukraine-EU integration means our future,” he stressed.

      In addition Viktor Yanukovych emphasized that on this way we should improve living standards of simple Ukrainians as well as implement reforms into economics and Ukrainian legislation. Head of the Government also said that the EU and Ukraine moves towards each other should be mutual.

      Prime Minister went on that Ukraine is concerned about creating free trading zone with the European Union and accedence to the World Trading Organization. Head of the Government also stated the need to take into account Ukrainian producers’ interests.

       Analysing his Brussels visit, Viktor Yanukovych said that it contains two content parts. The first is connected to Ukraine’s collaboration with NATO while the second deals with European integration.

      According to Prime Minister, his visit envisages meeting with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and participation at the sitting of Ukraine-NATO Commission.

      Head of the Government aired that within the framework of Euro-integration part of the visit his participation in the Tenth session of Ukraine-EU Cooperation Council and “Ukraine-EU” Conference is planned. Moreover, the program of the visit contains meetings of Ukrainian Prime Minister with the EU leaders, particularly EU Council Secretary General Javier Solana and European Commission Vice President Gunter Ferhoigen.

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