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December 29, 2011

Ukraine Supports Palestinian Right for Self-Determination

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko said that Ukrainian government supports the right of the Palestinian people for self-determination. He said Ukraine backed the future creation of the independent Palestinian state that could peacefully coexist with Israel.

December 20, 2011

Summit EU-Ukraine: Visa Liberalization Progresses

Both the EU and Ukraine leaders welcomed the progress in implementing the visa liberalization Action Plan, as reported in the Joint Statement made by the parties of the 15th EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on December 19. The negotiations on simplification of the visa facilitation procedure had been successfully finalized, according to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

December 20, 2011

Ukrainian Officials: EU Association Agreement Initialing Is a Matter of Weeks

Ukrainian government plans to initial the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine in the upcoming weeks. The first Vice Premier, Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Andriy Klyuev noted that the foremost task for the Ukrainian government was initialing the Association Agreement. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, responsible for the initialing preparation, stated that the process would take several weeks.

December 19, 2011

EU Officials: EU-Ukraine Association Negotiations Finalized

The negotiations on the Association Agreement, including creation of the free trade zone between Ukraine and the European Unionhave been finalized. “This has been a very successful summit; finally, we have reached a consensus. This is a great step forward in the EU-Ukraine relations,” stated the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy at the 15th EU-Ukraine summit, held in Kyiv on December 19.

December 19, 2011

Ukraine Opts for the EU

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych hosted the 15th EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv on December 19, 2011. Following the talks with the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych announced that the negotiations of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU ended. According to the Ukrainian President, the Agreement will be the basis for political association and economic integration of Ukraine to the EU.

December 13, 2011

Hungary: Ukraine-EU Agreements Should Be Greenlighted December 19

The Foreign Minister of Hungary János Martonyi said that his country supports the signing of the Association Agreement as well as the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. In his opinion, the agreements should be initialed at the Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv, scheduled for December 19, 2011. The Hungarian minister reassured his country was supportive of the European integration of Ukraine.

December 12, 2011

Ukraine Establishes Cooperation with Eurojust

Ukraine and the judicial cooperation body of the EU initialed the draft of the cooperation agreement, informs the press service of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. Such agreement would provide for prompt information exchange, strategic coordination while countering cross-border crime, and the facilitation of evidence gathering, noted the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Oleksandr Lavrynovych.

December 8, 2011

Ukraine’s President: New Election Law Complies With Democratic Standards

“Domestic and foreign experts participated in the developing of the new law [on the parliamentary elections in Ukraine – ed.], it meets global democratic standard and honors respective international commitments,” stated the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych today while signing the law regulating parliamentary elections in Ukraine passed by the parliament on November 17, 2011.

December 7, 2011

Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister: Kyiv Chooses the EU

Ukraine would like to initial the Association Agreement with the EU during the forthcoming Ukraine-EU summit, scheduled for December 19, 2011, in Kyiv. Such was the statement by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Tihipko made at the conference Inside Ukraine, organized by The Economist in London on December 6, 2011, according to Interfax-Ukraine. The Ukrainian official commented so despite unclear Ukraine’s EU membership perspective.

December 1, 2011

EU Parliament Recommends to Initial Association Agreement with Ukraine

“The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement should be initialed without delay,” reads the European Parliament resolution which has been voted in today. The press release by the European Parliament states that the newly issued document includes recommendations to green-light the association “preferably by the end of this year”.

November 22, 2011

Lithuania and Ukraine to Advance Transport Cooperation

The transport ministries of Lithuania and Ukraine signed a Memorandum of Understanding today. The document stipulates further cooperation between the two countries in the field of infrastructure and transport. Lithuania and Ukraine plan to expand the use of the ninth Pan-European corridor and increase cargo traffic between the Baltic and the Black Seas, according to the Memorandum.

November 18, 2011

Ukrainian Parliament Votes In the New Election Law

A law regulating parliamentary elections in Ukraine has been passed by the parliament late on Thursday, November 17, 2011. Members of all political parties represented in the legislative body voted for the law. The new election law reestablished mixed electoral system in Ukraine with election threshold set at 5 percent. To-date, the parliament has been elected through proportional vote with 3 percent threshold. The new law brings back the mixed electoral system with 225 MPs being elected through party lists and 225 MPs – through single-member constituencies.

November 17, 2011

EU Is Willing to Help Ukraine Negotiate Fair Gas Price

European Foreign Affairs Committee recommends the EU to get involved in the negotiations over gas price between Ukraine and Russia. Such was the recommendation by the Committee on Foreign Affairs at the European Parliament issued today. The Committee considers this action to be beneficial for the Ukrainian economy and energy sector as it further recommends the EU to assist in the modernization of the energy sector of Ukraine.

November 15, 2011

European Parliament Supports Integration of Ukrainian and European Economies

Both parties of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement could benefit from integration of Ukrainian economy into the European one, according to the MEP Pavel Zalevsky. On November 14 the European Parliament adopted recommendations for the European Commission and the Council of the EU on the deep and comprehensive free trade zone part of the Association Agreement with Ukraine, according to Interfax Ukraine.

November 14, 2011

EU and Ukraine Sucessfully Complete Association Negotiations (Updated)

The 21st round of the four year negotiations of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine becomes the final one. According to the statements by the negotiating parties, the two-hour talks, held in Brussels on November 11, 2011, ended successfully. The spokesperson for the European Commission Peter Stano expressed the EU’s satisfaction with the progress made, while the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov stated that Ukraine compromised over all the reasonable aspects.

November 8, 2011

Ukraine Reports on PACE Chairmanship: Developing Local Democracy

During its chairmanship at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Ukraine introduced a number of measures to strengthen local democracies in the countries of Europe, as well as provide its citizens with broader opportunities to participate in local decision-making. Such was one of the three Ukraine’s priorities while presiding at the PACE.

November 8, 2011

Ukraine Reports on PACE Chairmanship: Strengthening European Court of Human Rights

Under Ukraine’s chairmanship, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted a new system of supervising over the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights’ rulings. Furthermore, Ukraine has reached a political agreement with the UK and Albania - the consecutive chair countries - to continue the support of the ECHR reformation process.

November 7, 2011

Ukraine Reports on PACE Chairmanship: Kyiv Helps Build Child-Friendly Europe

Today Ukraine completes its six month chairmanship at the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The objectives of the chairmanship included the protection of children’s rights, human rights and the rule of law, as well as the development of local democracy. The rights of children were at the top of the list of Ukraine’s agenda for the duration of its leadership at the PACE. The work conducted by Ukraine was focused on the protection of children against any form of violence and the fulfillment of the children’s right for health care.

November 3, 2011

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Tymoshenko: EU Should Sign Association Agreement With Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko urged European Union to sign Association Agreement with Ukraine regardless of her imprisonment. In her letter distributed to the international media Tymoshenko stated that her own comfort should not affect Ukraine’s political future.

November 1, 2011

Ukraine Is No Longer a Subject to FATF’s Monitoring

As an outcome of the Plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force, FATF recognized Ukraine’s significant progress in improving its strategic anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime. Therefore, the intergovernmental body stated that Ukraine was no longer subject to FATF’s monitoring under its on-going global AML/CFT compliance process.

October 27, 2011

European Parliament Recommends to Offer Ukraine the EU Membership Perspective

The European Parliament resolution on the current developments in Ukraine bares a statement on Ukraine’s EU membership perspective. Such was the simple majority vote of the European Parliament which took place on Thursday, October 27 in Strasburg.

October 26, 2011

Ukraine Approaches International Anti-Corruption Standards

The Concept of Public Policy on Combating Organized Crime has been introduced in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych approved the new document by the special decree on October 21, 2011. The Concept of Public Policy on Combating Organized Crime defines the state public policy of Ukraine in combating organized crime for the period of 2011-2017 and is aimed at stimulating “the development of the national legislation in line with the international anti-corruption standards”, said Andriy Portnov, the advisor to the President of Ukraine.

October 25, 2011

Ukraine Insists on Its EU Membership Perspective

Ukraine insists on mentioning the country’s membership perspective in the body of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin on the eve of the 20th round of negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, according to Kommersant-Ukraine.

October 18, 2011

Ukraine and Russia Establish New Pillars of Bilateral Cooperation

Ukraine and Russia signed a number of bilateral documents in the course of the Interregional Economic Forum in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, attended by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The parties, among other things, signed an Agreement on simplifying crossing the border between the two countries for the residents of the border area, and discussed the energy sector.

October 18, 2011

Ukrainian President: European Integration is People’s Choice

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych confirmed the European integration as the fundamental foreign policy goal for Ukraine. The Ukrainian president said that he would persist in integrating his country to the EU since it’s the choice of the Ukrainian people. During his meeting with the international journalists on Monday, October 17, 2011, Viktor Yanukovych clarified his political position.

October 12, 2011

Ukraine-Slovenia: European Integration Continues

On Tuesday, October 11 President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and President of Slovenia Danilo Türk signed a number of bilateral documents including the Protocol to enhance cooperation in the European Union. During the meeting both leaders discussed the issue of bringing Ukrainian criminal legislation in line with European standards, which became a pressing matter in the light of the recent guilty verdict in the criminal case of the former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

October 12, 2011

EU-Ukraine Association Negotiations Go on

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko said that Ukraine and the EU had never been closer to finalizing the Association deal. Such statement was made during the session of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels where the Association Agreement with Ukraine is being negotiated. At the same time, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement that the Yulia Tymoshenko case should not have any negative impact on the conclusion of the Association Agreement, the process Mrs. Tymoshenko has publicly supported on numerous occasions.

October 11, 2011

Tymoshenko Jailed for Seven Years

The former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko has been found guilty of abuse of office by the Ukrainian court after three month long court proceedings. The current opposition leader is sentenced to seven years in prison, according to the verdict that was announced today. Tymoshenko is currently being detained in Kyiv jail for the contempt of court.

October 3, 2011

EC President: Ukraine May Be the First Eastern Partnership Country to Sign Association Agreement

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso together with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy positively assessed Ukraine’s aspirations for further integration with Europe and confirmed their support for such a course. The European politicians made such statement during their meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych at the Eastern Partnership summit that took place on September 29-30, in Warsaw, Poland.

September 30, 2011

EU Energy Commissioner: Ukraine to Remain Major Gas Transit Agent for Europe

Europe plansto increase its gas consumption and Ukraine’s modernized and technically advanced gas transporting system is crucial for the steady gas supply to the Union. This statement went public during the Kyiv meeting between the European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger and the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko.

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