Summit Ukraine-European Union dedicated to the possibility of signing of the Association Agreement will start on Monday, 25 February 2013, in Brussels. Ukraine’s President Victor Yanukovich will be the leader of Ukrainian delegation, while EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso.
This Summit would be very important for the further steps of Ukraine towards the integration with EU and developing the relations between EU and Kiev. The date of the Summit has been delayed a few times due to the tense political situation in Ukraine regarding the attitude towards opposition and the situation with the judicial system in the country.
Meanwhile EU’s representatives on the Summit, Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, declared they hope that Ukraine will impose the changes and reforms in the field of judiciary to avoid the selective justice of which Ukraine has been accused. Another key issue which needs reforms is the elections’ law which should be also amended.
Both of EU representatives gave an official interview to a prominent Ukrainian newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda on the eve of the Summit.
The most important step for Ukraine now is to show its strict and more confident political position and to prove that Ukraine is really ready to impose reforms and develop the country in attempt to build closer relationships with European Union.
|Herman Van Rompuy anf Jose Manuel Barroso|
Ukrainian authorities are expected to implement the reforms which have been discussed in the frameworks of the previous Ukrainian-EU Summit and later during the Council of Ministers of EU in December 2012. Reforms of the judiciary, fighting the selective justice and amendments to the parliamentary elections’ law are among those requirements.
EU representatives stressed that Ukraine and only Ukraine has the keys to resolving of the situation now, and it depends of the position of Ukrainian leaders tomorrow, during the Summit. European politicians in their turn added that they really hope Ukraine will show its readiness for the cooperation and further development.
In addition to that Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso declared that Ukraine needs to fulfill some of the tasks discussed during the previous talks and summits what will give Ukraine the chance to sign the Association Agreement with EU in November 2013. European leaders also announce they expect the significant positive changes in the development of the relations between Kiev and EU.
|Victor Yanukovich, Ukrainian President|
Meanwhile Ukrainian oppositional forces headed by Batkivschyna (Homeland) Party announced about the protest actions against political repressions to be held in the Kiev streets on 25 February.