Ukraine: Relations with the EU at the cross-road
Today we are discussing “the road ahead” for EU-Ukraine relations. This is an issue which many of you here have spent a great deal of time considering, and one about which I am particularly passionate.In many ways, the broad direction of this road has already been agreed by both sides. Our destination promises to include enhanced political association, people-to-people contacts and economic integration.We have even mapped out the path to these goals: the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda and Visa Liberalization Action Plan are in place. The Association Agreement including DCFTA are negotiated and ready for initialling.Yet there can be no doubt that significant challenges remain as we travel the road ahead. The coming year will be crucial, and there are a number of steps that Ukraine must take to make the journey as smooth as possible. There have been several paradoxes on this road in Ukraine in the recent past. So let´s turn 2012 into a year without paradoxes.
More information: Speech by Commissioner Füle