News with tag “EU”
- May 15, 2013
Kyiv, May 15, 2013. Ukraine imported over 120 million cubic meters of natural gas in April 2013 from Poland alone, reported the press service of the public gas transporting company Ukrtransgaz. This number exceeds the volumes of gas imported in March by 4.2 times (24.3 million cubic meters). Additionally, last month Ukraine imported over 18 million cubic meters of gas from Hungary.
- May 15, 2013
Kyiv, May 15, 2013. The European Commission adopted the proposals for decisions of the Council of the EU on the signing and provisional application as well as the conclusion of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, reads the respective press release of the Commission. The political statement accompanying the proposals states: “It is now up to the Ukrainian authorities to address the outstanding issues in order to enable the signing of the Agreement. This would represent a historic breakthrough in EU-Ukraine relations.”
- April 5, 2013
Kyiv, April 5, 2012. The European Union regrets the decision of the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases to keep the four year prison sentence of Ukraine’s former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko in force. This was stated by High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle, reports unian.ua.
- March 20, 2013
Kyiv, March 20, 2013. Ukraine increased its efforts to implement the priorities of the Association Agenda – a list of requirements the country needs to fulfill prior to signing the Association Agreement with the EU. Among the achievements, Ukraine started reforming its legal and judicial systems: the new Criminal Procedure Code and other important legislation entered into force, reads ENP [European Neighborhood Policy] Country Progress Report 2012.
- March 14, 2013
Kyiv, March 14, 2013. Ukraine became the first out of all Eastern Partnership countries to sign a declaration of intentions with European Investment Bank (EIB) to support educational projects, reported Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine (MESYSU) website. In addition to education EIB has been actively supporting Ukrainian energy and energy efficiency projects as well as transportation and infrastructure development projects.
- March 7, 2013
Kyiv, March 7, 2013. “#Vlasenko was stripped off his parliamentary mandate despite calls of int community-I’m afraid it’s yet another step back from signing AA,” wrote on his Twitter one of the 14 Vice Presidents of the European Parliament, Polish politician Jacek Protasiewicz. On March 6, 2013, the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine discontinued the parliamentary mandate of Serhiy Vlasenko, the acting lawyer of imprisoned former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.
- March 4, 2013
Kyiv, March 4, 2013. “Your [Ukrainian] Gas Transporting System (GTS) is the most important in Europe, however, its maintenance and renovation requires considerable investments,” stated European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger in his interview with kommersant.ua. Ukraine has to find the necessary funds taking into consideration its commitments to the European Energy Community (EEC), such as providing the third parties with an access to the GTS, added Oettinger. The commitment becomes especially important given the prospects of commercial shale gas production and reverse-flow technologies in Ukraine.
- February 26, 2013
Kyiv, February 26, 2013. The EU agrees to provide balance-of-payments support to Ukraine within its policy instrument of macro-financial assistance. The total of EUR 610 million, provided under the program, is to complement financing supplied by the IMF. The respective agreement between Ukraine, and the EU was signed during the 16th Ukraine – EU summit, held in Brussels, Belgium, on February 25, 2013.
- February 23, 2013
Kyiv, February 23, 2013. Majority of Ukrainian MPs adopted a declaration of Ukraine’s European aspirations and signing of the Association Agreement (AA) between Ukraine and the European Union. The declaration is an integral part of the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit, which is to take place on February 25, in Brussels.
- February 6, 2013
Kyiv, February 6, 2013. Ukraine is welcome to cooperate with the Customs Union on issues which do not contradict the terms and conditions of the Association Agreement, said the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle.
- January 11, 2013
Kyiv, January 11, 2013. If one were to compare Ukraine with its neighboring countries Belarus or Russia the situation in the former remains, undoubtedly, the closest to the European standards, said the former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Such statement was made by the politician during his interview to the Polish media in Brussels, reports PAP.
- December 18, 2012
Kyiv, December 18, 2012. Deutsche Welle presented the results of an opinion poll among Ukrainians between 18 and 65 years old. More than half of the 1,000 interviewees – 52 percent – want Ukraine to become an EU member. Notably, 35 percent of Ukrainians aged 18-29 support rapid integration (within the next five years).
- October 23, 2012
Kyiv, October 23, 2012. Canada’s 19th Prime Minister Kim Campbell would like to see Ukraine as a member of the EU, however, the country would have to undergo a number of complicated reforms. Canada’s first and only woman prime minister and the founding Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Ukrainian Foundation for Effective Governance made this statement in her interview with Interfax.
- October 23, 2012
Kyiv, October 23, 2012. Ukraine has been pursuing a balanced policy between Russia and the EU and the Europeans should support this trend. Such statement was made by the ex-President of the European Commission, the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi in his video address to the International Forum “Innovation and International Integration” held on Oct. 18-19, in Verona, Italy.
- October 16, 2012
Kyiv, October 16, 2012. “There is a complete freedom of self-expression and no censorship in Ukraine”, stated the Head of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine Jan Tombinski. At the same time, he said, there was an issue regarding the ability of citizens to express their views through media.
- October 12, 2012
Kyiv, October 12, 2012. “The significant lack of political pluralism on television is very worrisome and requires immediate action to define clear procedures for media to ensure a balanced coverage”, reads with reference to Ukraine the joint statement by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, and Štefan Füle, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy.
- September 17, 2012
Kyiv, September 17, 2012. The British newspaper Financial Times published an article “State in a struggle for identity and direction”. Authors Neil Buckley and Roman Olearchyk discuss the issues of Ukraine’s identity and its interchanging inclinations toward Europe and Russia. “All that has left Ukraine not just searching for its identity, but looking unusually friendless”, note the analysts.
- September 6, 2012
Kyiv, September 6, 2012.The EU is finalizing the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine and cooperating with the country within its neighborhood policy, said a seasoned German diplomatWolf-Ruthart Born in his recent interview with Euractiv. “Personally I see Ukraine as a candidate country for future EU membership,” he added.
- July 27, 2012
Kyiv, 27 July, 2012. Almost half of the European guests, who visited Ukraine during EURO 2012 football championship, stated that Ukraine deserved to enter the EU in the near future. EU citizens were surveyed by GfK Company as a part of the Soft Power of Ukraine in the EU and Beyond project, commissioned by the Institute of World Policy, USA.
- July 24, 2012
Brussels, July 24, 2012. The European Union and Ukraine signed an additional section of the current visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine. The document extends the list of categories of people falling under the simplified procedure for obtaining visas while travelling to the EU member states.
- July 18, 2012
Kyiv, July 18, 2012. Ukraine and the EU finished editing and coordinating approvals of the second – economic – part of the Association Agreement between the parties. They completed technical and legal work on the section of the document that regulates the introduction of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area by the signees, according to the EU Trade Spokesman John Clancy’s statement made for ukrinform.ua.
- June 25, 2012
Kyiv, June 25, 2012.Ukraine and the EU begin cooperation in information exchange and risk management as the joint framework cooperation strategy regarding customs comes into force. The First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi informed about the initiative to create the bilateral working group to implement the agreement.
- May 31, 2012
Kyiv, May 31, 2012. Investors claim to profit in Ukraine, said Ukrainian First Vice Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovskyi in an interview with the Polish news agency PAP. Ukrainian official said that the incoming investments would be protected and profitable. “I am certain Ukraine can help EU recover from the economic crisis,” stated Khoroshkovskyi.
- May 29, 2012
Kyiv, May 29, 2012. EU launched two development projects for southern Ukraine. They involve facilitating FDI increase to the Black Sea port Sevastopil and tourism development in Crimea. José Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine, presented both projects.
- April 20, 2012
Kyiv, April 20, 2012. Upon Gazprom’s request Ukraine increased its daily transit capacity of Russian gas to the EU by 17.3 million cubic meters or about 7 percent, reported the Ukrainian state gas pipelines and gas depots operator - Ukrtransgas. The request is associated with temporary repairs at the Russian North Stream gas pipeline. Experts suggest that this is to confirm the importance of Ukrainian gas transport system (GTS) for Russia.
- April 9, 2012
Kyiv, April 9, 2012. Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers adopted the 2012 plan of immediate measures concerning the country’s integration to the European Union. The document deals with internal reform issues (the likes of gas transporting system modernization, institutional reform in Ukraine, and hosting EURO 2012), as well as questions of deepening Ukraine-EU ties: visa liberalization, cooperation with EU police and justice offices, expanding trade cooperation, etc.
- January 24, 2012
Kyiv, January 24, 2012. “I support the strengthening of local government,” stated the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in his recent interview for almanac Ukraine and World 2012. Global Agenda (joint project of New York Times News Service & Syndicate and Segodnya Multimedia), reported the press service of the President of Ukraine. The president went on to emphasize that the EU and Ukraine had reached the never before acquired level of understanding.
- January 13, 2012
Kyiv, January 13, 2012. Under the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine-Republic of Moldova 2007-2013 Chernivtsi National University will receive a EUR 1.5 million grant from the EU – the biggest grant Ukraine has ever received from the entity. The EUR 5 million program is a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument and aims to help develop regions in Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.
- January 13, 2012
Kyiv, January 13, 2012. “The EU is willing, if Ukraine and Russia so wish, to enter into tripartite consultations on gas transit at any time,” said the European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger during his conversation with the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko on January 13, 2012, according to the Press Statement by Energy Commissioner Oettinger. The officials talked over the ongoing discussions between Ukraine and Russia on the question of gas pricing and transit.
- January 11, 2012
Kyiv, January 11, 2012. Influential American conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation issued a report on U.S. – EU cooperation featuring a chapter on the Eastern partnership focusing mainly on Ukraine. “Urgently, the EU should re-engage Ukraine by committing itself to ratifying the EU–Ukrainian Association Agreement, which will pave the way for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement,” stated in her report Sally McNamara, Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs at The Heritage Foundation.