EU/Ukraine troika: arrivals, round table and statements by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, and Volodymyr Ohryzko, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs
End production: 22/05/2008 First transmission: 22/05/2008
The EU Troika/Ukraine meeting on 22 May 2008 was chaired by Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council. The European Commission was represented by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and the Ukrainian delegation was headed by Volodymyr Ohryzko, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs. At the plenary session, discussions focused on a review of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. This was an opportunity to analyse progress made thus far and to look ahead. The interlocutors paid particular attention to the course of negotiations between the EU and Ukraine on the New Enhanced Agreement, which will replace the present Partnership and Cooperation Agreement of 1998. Furthermore, they also debated Ukraine's cooperation in the fields of the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, as well as regional and international affairs, with particular emphasis on cooperation in the peaceful resolution of frozen conflicts.
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||Exterior view of Brdo Castle (3 shots)
||Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy;
and speaking (in ENGLISH) on the fairness of the elections in Georgia; saying that for the time being, the OSCE?ODHIR (Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights) has not yet officially given its judgment; therefore, they want to be prudent; but it seems there have been improvements with regards to the last elections, and this is what they already heard internally; so, at the press conference she will be able to give an official judgment because they want to respect the ODHIR;
on the Polish-Swedish initiative to offer partnership to some Eastern States; saying that in general it is an interesting idea because they always want to improve also the regional component; but there is already a rather new initiative on regional cooperation and this is the Black Sea Synergy that they just have launched in Kiev on 14 February;
on the day's meeting; saying that they have been having really a very flourishing negotiation with Ukraine; they have had several rounds; they all went very well; congratulating Ukraine; saying that the previous week, they have become full fledged member of the WTO; and now they do hope, of course, that they can go on like this;
on EU/Russia talks; saying that first of all, she hopes and she is confident that at the Council of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, they will have the mandate, the mandate will be adopted
||Arrival of Dimitrij Rupel, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council (2 shots)
||Dimitrij Rupel (in SLOVENIAN) on the Georgian elections; saying that the assessment of the elections is for the most part positive; still, not everything is finished yet; they don't know the exact results yet; considering the circumstances in Georgia, it is a relatively good result; they will see when the reports come; they all hope for stability and for things to improve; things are better than they were during the presidential elections;
on the day's meeting; saying that Ukraine has a European perspective, especially in the light of these Polish initiatives in relation to the Eastern dimension and so forth; Ukraine has a very special and exposed position; still, this European perspective is not of the same significance as the European perspective of the Western Balkan States
||Arrival of Volodymyr Ohryzko, Ukrainian Minister for Foreign Affairs;
and speaking (in ENGLISH) on whether Ukraine wants to become a Member of the EU; saying that they do, absolutely; they will now discuss all these issues, and he does hope that they will find the proper way how to do it as soon as possible
||General view of the plenary session (2 shots)