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December 18, 2013

EU Hopes Ukraine Continues with European Integration Course

The European Union anticipates that Ukraine’s recent agreement with Russia does not negate European integration vector of the country.

December 16, 2013

European Parliament Intends to Launch Mediation Mission on Ukraine

The European Parliament recommended the EU to support eastern partners who seek closer ties with the EU.

December 5, 2013

Ukraine in the Spotlight: Battle for European Future

Despite the pressing anticipation of the successful outcome of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28-29, Ukrainian government decided to delay the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU. Deliberated decision was introduced by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on the 21st of November and has immediately received an ambivalent reaction of Ukrainian citizens. Controversial news exploded on the Internet and finally embodied into the national outcry which was later named Euromaidan (European and Maidan – square in Ukrainian).

December 5, 2013

15th Day of Maidan: No-Confidence Vote Fails, People Demand Authority’s Reboot

Hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters fled the main squares of Ukrainian cities in protest against the violent dispersal and merciless beatings of the demonstrators in Kyiv (Maidan Nezalezhnosti, November 30). Before Ukrainian riot police carried out inhumane orders the protesters urged Ukrainian president to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, after the bloodshed – people demanded president’s impeachment and resignation of the parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. People protesting in their cities around the country also demand resignation of local authorities (more so in eastern Ukraine).

November 29, 2013

Ukraine Reaffirms European Course – President Yanukovych

Ukraine hopes to sign Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union in the near future. Such statement was made by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius today.

November 27, 2013

President Yanukovych Invites EU and Russia to Negotiating Table Before Vilnius Summit

Kyiv wants to settle disputes about the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union by having negotiations involving all three parties – EU, Russia and Ukraine – before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.

November 27, 2013

President Yanukovych Identifies Ukraine as a European State

Human rights, equality before the law, freedom of choice and social security are key factors, required to build a strong European state. Such statement was released by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych in the official address to Ukrainian citizens on November 26, 2013. The speech followed the earlier resolution of the government to halt preparations to sign trade agreements with the EU. The state policy will remain consistent with the European way and there is no alternative to building a society of European standards in Ukraine, assured the head of state.

November 20, 2013

Over Half of Poland’s Population Supports Ukraine’s EU Membership

Majority of the citizens of Poland – 54 percent – support Ukraine’s possible membership in the EU, according to the recent opinion poll conducted by the Centrum Badania Opinii Społecznej (Public Opinion Research Center). Yet, the Polish people consider the possible EU membership for Ukraine a remote possibility, reads the CBOS research as quoted by PAP. At the same time, one fifth of the polled citizens (20 percent) support fast joining the EU for Ukraine.

November 19, 2013

EU Ambassador Sees No Reason to Postpone Signing of Association Agreement with Ukraine

The EU is very positive about signing an Association Agreement with Ukraine during the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, stated the EU Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski in his interview with Segodnya. The fate of the future association will be determined during the actual summit and not before, he added.

November 19, 2013

Four European Ambassadors Support Ukraine’s Closer Association with EU

The four European Ambassadors to Ukraine expressed their support for closer association between Ukraine and the European Union. The Ambassadors with the help of the Ukrainian college students made their statements as a part of the Stronger Together information campaign implemented by Ukraine and the EU.

November 18, 2013

DW-Trend: 58% Ukrainians Support Joining the EU

The number of Ukrainians in favor of their country joining the EU has increased by six percent, informs Deutsche Welle. The poll, conducted by the DW-Trend, shows that 58 percent of the polled Ukrainians support eventual membership of their country in the EU. Approximately 31 percent of Ukrainians does not support the EU membership, while 37 percent of the polled citizens approve of the EU membership within the next five years.

November 13, 2013

Nearly 50% of Ukraine’s Population Support Signing of Association Agreement

According to a public opinion poll, conducted by the largest Ukraine-based market research company, about half of Ukrainians support the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU.S.pporters of the European integration generally share the values ​​of the EU aimed at improving social standards: they are eager to reject corruption, respect parking regulations and speed limits, etc., as reported by gfk.ua.

November 6, 2013

President Yanukovych: Ukraine Should Become a Bridge Between EU and CU

The signing of the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) between Ukraine and the European Union should not become the end of just some phase of cooperation, but the beginning of a broader and deeper integration process.

November 1, 2013

IMF: Ukraine Demonstrates Improvement But Challenges Remain

Ukraine’s economy shows signs of improvement, stated the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Ukraine Nikolay Gueorguiev in a report provided as a result of the mission’s work in Kyiv on October 17-29, reported Ukrinform.

November 1, 2013

Ukraine Will Sign Association Agreement With EU No Matter What – Spanish Ambassador

Ukraine will still sign an Association Agreement (AA) with the EU no matter the results of the Vilnius summit.

October 28, 2013

France Believes Ukraine-EU Association Will Be Signed in Vilnius

France is optimistic about the future signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. He reckons the agreement will be signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, scheduled for November 28-29, 2013.

October 23, 2013

EP: Offering Ukraine European Perspective Is of Great Significance for Both Parties

The European Parliament has passed a resolution on the European Neighbourhood Policy, in which the MEPs acknowledge European aspirations of Ukraine and reiterate their view that deepening of relations between the EU and Ukraine and the fact of offering Ukraine a European perspective are of great significance and in the interests of both parties, reads the text of the document.

October 22, 2013

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Notes Progress in Ukraine’s European Integration

The U.K. supports Ukraine’s European aspirations and believes that Kyiv has achieved important progress toward the signing of the association with the EU.

October 22, 2013

EU Supports Ukraine’s Pragmatic Ways in OSCE Chairmanship

The EU appreciates Ukraine’s balanced and pragmatic ways in its OSCE chairmanship, stated the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius. He also noted that the EU supported the preparations of Ukraine for the next OSCE Ministerial Council to be held on December 5-6, 2013, in Kyiv.

October 22, 2013

Ukraine Expected to Head CIS in 2014

The decision regarding Ukraine presiding in the CIS over 2014 is expected at the October 25 summit of the CIS heads of states, informs the press service of the organization. Should the decision be made, Ukraine will take over the CIS presidency from the current head Belarus on January 1, 2014.

October 18, 2013

Germany Sees Ukraine Politically Independent and Economically Attractive - Former EU Enlargement Commissioner

Having recognized Ukraine’s great potential for development and huge market opportunity, German business will stimulate its politicians to cooperate with the Eastern European country.

October 15, 2013

Estonia Supports Ukraine’s European Ambition

Estonia supports the signing of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, said Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves during his meeting with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. President Ilves emphasized that Ukraine was, in fact, a part of Europe, as quoted by Unian. Moreover, he expressed his dissatisfaction with third party pressure directed at Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia regarding their foreign policy choice.

October 14, 2013

No Ukraine-EU Association Means EU’s Eastern Partnership Failure – Experts

European experts consider the signing of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to be the crucial step in the development of the EU’s Eastern Partnership. Such opinion was voiced by Tom Casier, Brussels School of International Relations, University of Kent, Amanda Paul, European Policy Center, Christian Forstner, Hanns Seidel Stiftung, and Ina Kirsch, European Centre for a Modern Ukraine, in their comments for Interfax.

October 14, 2013

International Media Anticipate Ukraine-EU Association

As Ukraine and the EU approach the signing of the Association Agreement at the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, international media scale up the related coverage. Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle, Financial Times, Reuters, The Independent, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, UPI and others cover the topics of remaining requirements for Ukraine before the document is signed, Russian pressure on the country, as well as possible outcomes of the association.

October 11, 2013

European Commissioner Remains Optimistic About EU-Ukraine Association

Ukraine makes great progress in fulfilling the conditions necessary for signing the Association Agreement, which brings it closer to the EU.

October 7, 2013

Lithuanian Foreign Minister – Ukraine’s European Integration Should Become Irreversible

The EU should seize the moment and make Ukraine’s European integration irreversible. Such statement was released by Linas Linkevicius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania – presiding member of the Council of the European Union, as reported by the Deutsche Welle.

October 2, 2013

90% Chance Ukraine Signs EU Association at November Summit – Standard Bank

The analysts at Standard Bank expect the deep and comprehensive free trade area (economic part of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement) to be signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, with the 90 percent probability, reads the company report on Ukraine by Timothy Ash. Notable recent development is that now it’s crystal clear Ukraine is oriented firmly westwards, notes Ash.

October 1, 2013

PACE Members Reaffirm Full Support for the EU-Ukraine Association

We welcome the continuing efforts of the Ukrainian authorities towards reforms implementation, undertaken to meet obligations and commitments within the membership of the Council of Europe and the creation of preconditions for the signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, reads the declaration by a group of PACE members signed on October 1, according to Ukrinform.

September 27, 2013

Ukrainian Society Demonstrates Impressive Consensus on European Integration – US Ambassador

The consensus present in the Ukrainian society regarding the European integration has been one of the most impressive experiences for Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the new U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. In his interview with Ukrainska Pravda, Pyatt noted that politicians, business and religious leaders, civic society, and regular citizens all agreed on the subject.

September 25, 2013

EU Market Ready for Ukrainian Goods After Signing Association Agreement – Polish Media

The EU countries have agreed that after signing the Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine some of the provisions will take immediate effect even before the ratification process is over. Such statement was released by the Polish News Agency PAP with reference to its sources in Brussels.

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