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EU-Ukraine: Not explanations but actions needed to address EU´s concerns

EU-Ukraine: Not explanations but actions needed to address EU´s concerns

"The European Union has ambitious plans for its relations with Ukraine and wants traction in them, not distractions," Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said in Strasbourg on Thursday. He was speaking about the EU´s expectations concerning Ukraine at the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. He stressed that both sides were currently at a critical moment in their relations. "We believe it is more important than ever to maintain a very focused and continuous dialogue with Kyiv. But I would prefer to spend my time talking about how to speed up reforms and how to support reforms, rather than fire-fighting and reacting to negative news stories which put Ukraine on the front pages but not in the way we would like to see," Mr Füle added and explained: "The European Union no longer wants explanations from Ukraine, it wants visible action, and in particular in three areas: elections, addressing the problem of selective justice and accelerating reforms."

Commissioner Füle reiterated that the EU wants to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine because it would open the way to a comprehensive programme of modernization, linked to enhanced support. "It would be good for Ukraine, good for the European Union, and good for the Eastern Partnership," he said. But for this to happen, Ukraine needs to demonstrate its commitment to European democratic values and principles, Mr Füle remarked.

More information: Speech by Commissioner Füle

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