EU-Ukraine Forum Launched in Brussels

By Eu Ukraine Forum, PRNE
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ukrainian and European Partners Come Together to Promote Citizen-Level Dialogue Alongside Political Discussions

BRUSSELS, March 17, 2011 - Ukrainian MP Alexander Feldman and MEP Adina-Ioana Valean
today launched the new EU-Ukraine Forum at a major event in the European
Parliament. The Forum concept was developed by Mr Feldman to bring European
and Ukrainian people closer together.

"Politicians talk more and more to each other, but through the
work of the EU-Ukraine Forum, we hope to stimulate complementary interaction
between the ordinary citizens of the EU and Ukraine, the business leaders,
civil society representatives, students and teachers who should be the
greatest beneficiaries of closer political ties." said Alexander Feldman at
the launch event.

During the course of the year, the EU-Ukraine Forum, with the
support of its prestigious Advisory Board members, will organize a series of
events on key issues where there is potential to build stronger connections
between Ukrainians and Europeans. The Forum will address topics such as
shared cultural heritage, human rights, transport connections, energy policy,
and free movement of workers and students.

The EU-Ukraine relationship is moving into an exciting new
phase. Ukraine is approaching the 20th anniversary of its independence and is
currently negotiating for a comprehensive new trade agreement with the EU and
visa liberalization for its citizens, which will bring Ukrainian and EU
citizens even closer.

With the EURO2012 football championships taking place in
Ukraine in just over a year, including in Mr Feldman's home city of Kharkiv,
a rich period of mutual discovery is on the horizon. The EU-Ukraine Forum
will work to promote understanding and friendship between the citizens of
Ukraine and their neighbours from the European Union.

The launch event in the European Parliament saw contributions
from respected speakers on EU-Ukraine relations including former President of
Poland Aleksander Kwasniewski and Miroslaw Lajcek, Former Foreign Minister of
Slovakia and now Managing Director for Russia, the Eastern Neighbourhood and
the Western Balkans in the newly formed European External Action Service.

The event in the European Parliament was attended by a broad
spectrum of guests including MEPs, Commission officials, Member State
representatives, NGOs, business, academics and members of the Ukrainian
diaspora in Brussels.

The EU-Ukraine Forum Advisory Board is composed of:
Alexander Feldman, Adina Valean, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Laurens Jan
, Alan Riley, Andrew Wilson.

Further details can be found at:

0032-2645-9811; euukraine at

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