EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv
The 15th EU-Ukraine Summit will take place in Kyiv on 19 December. The Summit will
be hosted by President Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine. The EU will be
represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council and José Manuel
Barroso, President of the Commission. Stefan Füle, the Commissioner for Enlargement
and European Neighbourhood Policy, will also participate.
The summit will be an opportunity for leaders to discuss EU-Ukraine relations, including
progress in the negotiations of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and its integral
Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. Leaders will review the reform agenda with a
particular focus on the rule of law, as well as respect for common values such as human
rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms, which are at the heart of the political
association which the EU and Ukraine intend to establish.
Concerning economic integration, the leaders’ discussions will encompass macroeconomic stability, public finance management, modernizing economic governance and in
particular ways of improving the business and investment climate. Anti-corruption efforts
will receive particular attention.
The agenda will include cooperation in the fields of energy and transport, as well as the
EU’s financial and technical assistance to Ukraine. The need for comprehensive judicial
reform and for steps against politically-motivated or selective justice in Ukraine will be
underlined by the EU leaders. Leaders will welcome Ukraine’s accession to the Energy
Community earlier this year, and stress the benefits in terms of investment, efficiency and
security of supply which can be gained from implementing Energy Community reforms. EUCO 165/11 2
On the issue of mobility, the leaders will discuss progress in implementing the action plan
on visa liberalization, announced at the 2010 summit. They will also note with satisfaction
the conclusion of negotiations on amending the visa facilitation agreement in view of
further facilitating visa issuance to Ukrainian citizens. International issues, to be addressed
include developments in Belarus, relations with the Republic of Moldova -including the
settlement of Transnistria – and relations with the Russian Federation.
After the summit, members of the European Union delegation will meet with
representatives of civil society and opposition.
Commenting on the eve of the Summit, President Van Rompuy said: “Our agenda will
focus on four main issues, the political situation – including our Association Agreement
negotiations – our economic relations, mobility issues and of course regional and
international relations. The main goal of the summit is to take stock of progress, identify
issues where there is more work to be done, and to endorse our priorities for the next year.
The summit will allow us to take a look at the final stretch of the negotiations of the
Association Agreement. We will set our priorities for further work. And it will be a place
for open and critical discussions where we will also raise our concerns on a number of
current challenges facing Ukraine and the EU.
President Barroso added: “EU-Ukraine relations are at a crucial juncture. This Summit
can give a decisive impetus to the common goal of furthering political association and
economic integration. This is the European Union’s stated objective and we are
determined to reach it through the conclusion of negotiations on the Association
Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. At the same time the
Ukrainian authorities need to demonstrate they abide by the values that are at the heart of
this Association: democracy, rule of law, respect for human rights and independence of
judiciary. Linked to the progress we are making on mobility issues, we believe that
important opportunities lie ahead for all Ukrainians and for the EU-Ukraine relations.”