Visit of Sergiy Arbuzov, Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister, to Štefan Füle: extracts from the joint press point

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-084825   Duration: 10:04:51  Lieu:
End production: 12/12/2013   First transmission: 12/12/2013
On 12 December 2013, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, met with Sergiy Arbuzov, Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister, in Brussels, to discuss ways towards the signature and implementation of the EU/Ukraine Association Agreement. They held a joint press point after their meeting.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the EC Berlaymont building 00:00:05
10:00:10 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:05
10:00:16 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH): The Association Agreement, including deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA), is our offer to Ukraine and its people. This offer is still on the table. The European Union remains ready to sign it, as soon as Ukrainian authorities are ready, and prove their commitment by deeds. 00:00:28
10:00:44 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:06
10:00:51 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): It is important that Ukraine tackles the immediate financial needs in a transparent manner, notably through close cooperation with institutions such as the IMF – as any other arrangement would bring unclear or under-the-table conditions and would not create either the necessary confidence or growth. 00:00:33
10:01:25 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:04
10:01:29 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): We have agreed today that on a basis of a clear commitment of Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement we will: first, prepare a roadmap for implementation of the AA/DCFTA; second, facilitate and continue supporting Ukraine in its endeavours to create the necessary conditions conducive to reaching an arrangement with the IMF. 00:00:45
10:02:15 Cutaway of a journalist 00:00:04
10:02:20 SOUNDBITE by ŠŠtefan Füle (in ENGLISH): thirdly, use the existing bilateral consultation mechanisms, which will examine swiftly in depth all issues related to the implementation of the AA/DCFTA. 00:00:26
10:02:46 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:02:51 SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): Given the rapidly deteriorating economic and political situation in the country, the faster Ukraine clarifies its intentions, the faster we can both: start and finish our work. We stand ready to help and support Ukraine in its modernisation on the basis of the Association Agreement, including through topping up IMF loans with macro-financial assistance; by stepping up the European Union's financial assistance programmes to help Ukraine implement the Agreement, when signed, and helping to bring on board other international partners. 00:00:51
10:03:43 Cutaway of a journalist 00:00:05
10:03:48 SOUNDBITE by Sergiy Arbuzov, Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister, (in UKRAINIAN) saying that the Ukrainian government continues negotiations with the EU leadership about how the association agreement and DCFTA can be implemented; they are very thankful for the very frank, very successful but not easy dialogue that they had with Commissioner Füle. (2 shots) 00:00:24
10:04:13 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:07
10:04:20 SOUNDBITE by Sergiy Arbuzov (in UKRAINIAN) saying that he is convinced that their joint work in the near future will be successful; the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers takes the task to comply with orders of the Ukrainian President to finalize the association agreement that has been agreed in order to start a dialogue on the high level to coordinate the efforts that will lead to the signature and implementation of the association agreement. 00:00:31
10:04:51 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:11
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