Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 25/02/2013 First transmission: 25/02/2013
The Summit takes place at a defining moment in EU-Ukraine relations. On 10 December 2012 the Foreign Affairs Council adopted conclusions on a sequenced policy of engagement with Ukraine. In order for this policy to bear fruit and to enable the possible signing of the Association Agreement by the time of the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Ukraine needs to undertake determined action and show tangible progress by May at the latest in three key areas:
i) appropriate follow-up actions for the 28 October 2012 parliamentary elections;
ii) addressing the issue of selective justice and preventing its recurrence;
iii) implementing the reforms set out in the jointly agreed Association Agenda.
In pursuing the common objective of Ukraine’s economic integration with the EU, the leaders’ discussions will encompass issues such as macro-economic stability, public finance management, the improvement of the business and investment climate and trade issues. The leaders will also review the state of play as regards the EU’s financial and technical assistance and the cooperation in the fields of energy, in particular the modernisation of the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System, energy sector reform and the implementation of Energy Community commitments. On the issue of mobility, the leaders
will discuss progress in the implementation of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation and the state of play as regards the conclusion of an amended Visa Facilitation Agreement.
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||Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council (2 shots)
||José Manuel Barroso, EC President
||Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine
||Group photo with Viktor Yanukovych, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van rompuy