Joint press briefing by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President and Viktor YANUKOVYCH, Ukrainian President: extracts
Première transmission: 13/09/2010
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 13/09/2010
On 13 September 2010, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, in order to strengthen relations between the European Union and Kiev, in view of the Ukraine/EU summit, which was scheduled for November this year.
The Presidents stressed the importance of the Association Agreement currently under negotiations, which they hoped to conclude quickly. Regarding the introduction of a visa-free regime, Viktor Yanukovych added that the action plan should be approved for the EU/Ukraine Summit, in November 2010.
President Barroso and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych discussed today Ukraine's reform agenda, the next steps to deepen the EU-Ukraine relationship and reforms concerning democracy and fundamental rights. President Barroso stressed that both sides are committed to intensifying the relationship through the new, ambitious Association Agreement currently under negotiation, which "will cement our political ties and lead to a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement."
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||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, EC President and Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian President
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso: We discussed the next priorities of Ukraine, for instance efforts to improve economic governance and other important aspects of Ukrainian reforms. We are both committed to deepening our relationship. We want to achieve that together through the new, ambitious Association Agreement currently under negotiation. It will cement our political ties and lead to a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), offering Ukraine access to the world's largest market – EU - and giving it the perspective of doubling its exports to the EU. A more dynamic Ukrainian economy is in our mutual interest. We agree to speed up negotiations and conclude the Agreement rapidly. Nonetheless there are still some major issues to be tackled here, in particular trade aspects such as tariffs.
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||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso: As regards the modernisation of the Ukrainian Gas Transit Network, we also made progress. I am happy to mention that we are financing two feasibility studies starting in the coming weeks. Ukraine will remain a key transit country provided long-term and stable transit conditions can be found, which reflect the interest of all parties: Ukraine, EU and also Russia. The EU also stands ready to promote a trilateral dialogue with Ukraine and Russia on energy issues.
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||SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Viktor Yanukovych: The most important issue of today is the negotiations and the negotiation agreement between the EU and Ukraine. We have already made significant progress in the talks in order to solve the remaining issues; we agreed to look for joint compromises and to go for concessions. That is primarily about creating a deep and comprehensive free trade area.
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||SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Viktor Yanukovych: An other important priority for our cooperation, is further the simplification, and eventually, complete cancellation of the visas. Our joint goal is to approve a visas free action plan at the EU-Ukraine Summit in November. We have started already the necessary migration and visa reforms to achieve that. The energy dialogue, the integration Ukraine in the EU and the energy area remain a priority for our cooperation in our dialogue.
||Viktor Yanukovych offering a ball, as a symbol of the final part of the European football competition in 2012, to José Manuel Barroso
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