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EU anxious to see Ukraine make resolute step towards integration

November 20, 2013, 18:13 UTC+3 KIEV
Fuele had a meeting with Ukraine’s political leaders to discuss the prospects for signing association agreement during at the summit
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KIEV, November 20. /ITAR-TASS/. EU is anxious to see Ukraine make a resolute step towards integration in Europe, Stefan Fuele, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy said in a statement that was published by the EU mission in Kiev Wednesday.

Fuele had a meeting with Ukraine’s political leaders to discuss the prospects for signing an agreement on associated membership of the EU at the Vilnius summit of the former Soviet republics encompassed by the EU’s Eastern Partnership program. The summit will take place in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, November 28 and November 29.

Fuele said he praised the considerable progress that Ukraine had made in the field of integration over the previous few months and he was inspired by President Viktor Yanukovich’s and parliament Speaker Vladimir Rybak to pass a package of key facilitating laws in cooperation with all the parliamentary factions at a session of the Verkhovna Rada November 21.

The package includes a law on parliamentary elections, a new law on the Prosecutor General’s Office, and a new law on medical treatment of convicts abroad.

Fuele gave the assurances that the EU’s commitment to the idea of taking relations with Ukraine to a new dimension is irrevocable.

The doors for this step remain open and the European officials expect the Ukrainian government to translate into life the decision it took September 18 and to sign an agreement on association with EU in Vilnius November 29, Fuele’s statement said.

He claimed the step will boost Ukraine’s role in the world and will send a signal about predictability to the international financial markets and institutes in what concerns the stabilization of the Ukrainian economy and finances, Fuele said.

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