Visit of Andriy Klyuev, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, to Štefan Füle: extracts from the joint press statement
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 27/08/2013 First transmission: 27/08/2013
Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Andriy Klyuev, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, held a joint press briefing after their meeting on 27 August 2013 in Brussels.
They discussed the European integration process of Ukraine and the road to signing an Association Agreement including on trade.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the joint press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH):
We have some serious trade concerns related to Ukraine, such as the recent adoption of the law introducing car recycling fees due to enter into force on 1st September. We expect that the solutions to our concern about trade irritants will be swift and in line with WTO rules.
The Verkhovna Rada and parties represented there will play a critical role in the overall process. Important legislative work needs to be carried out in the coming weeks in order to implement the EU benchmarks in time for the proper assessment by the EU before the Vilnius summit.
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||SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH) on opposition:
It is necessary to promote the dialogue between government, opposition and civil society to discuss in a comprehensive and inclusive manner the road of Ukraine towards the signature of the Association Agreement. I am ready to contribute to such a dialogue.
||SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH) on Russia:
We also touched upon the recent developments in and around Ukraine and I reiterated the EU's position that any outside pressure on Ukraine related to its ambition to sign the Association Agreement with the EU is not acceptable.
We are currently witnessing a more assertive Russian policy in this respect. There have been comments from Moscow that signing the Association Agreement/ Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (AA/DCFTA) would trigger a permanent tightening of customs procedures for Ukrainian goods entering Russia.
Let me recall that the Association Agreement does not prevent Ukraine from developing a constructive relationship with the Eurasian Customs Union as long as this is based on the respect of WTO rules and does not contradict the DCFTA.
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||SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH) on the same issue:
Let me stress that the Association Agreement will not be at the expense of Ukraine's relations with Russia or other neighbours. And we strongly believe that it would bring benefit to all.
||SOUNDBITE by Andriy Klyuev, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, (in UKRAINIAN) saying that Ukraine is hoping to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, including the creation of the free trade area which should take pace this fall; as the President of Ukraine said, Ukraine's association with the EU should be an important stimulus for Ukraine to become further a modern European country; along that, they plan to preserve and continue the deepening of their relation and integration process with Russia and other neighbouring countries.