European Commissioner Stefan Fuele: European Integration of Ukraine is Progressing

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Thursday, March 24, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, March 25, 2011 - Stefan Fuele, European Commissioner for Enlargement and
European Neighbourhood Policy in his Brussels meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko,
Ukrainian opposition leader, informed the latter of the progress of Ukraine's
integration into the European Union.

"I hope to conclude the negotiations on Association Agreement
and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area in the course of this year,
and I have passed this information to Mrs. Tymoshenko," said Fuele.

During the meeting the Ukrainian opposition leader stated that
Ukrainian president simulates the European choice by not fully implementing
the Association agenda (the agenda foresees a number of reforms, which are
meant to bring Ukraine and EU closer). In his turn, the European Commissioner
noted that the negotiation process, has its ups and downs.

He specifically pointed out, that earlier this year Ukraine
and the EU have signed Memorandum of Understanding, which features the
National Indicative Program (NIP) for Ukraine with a three-year budget of 470
million euros
($650 million). The NIP is aimed at boosting the rule of law
and good governance in the country.

According to Fuele, EU pays close attention to the state of
democratic values in Ukraine. "The pace and quality of Ukraine-EU integration
will largely depend on respecting human rights, democratic principles, and
rule-of-law (in Ukraine. - Ed)," stated Fuele.

Fuele reiterated the importance of the criminal law not be
used for political ends, Kyiv Post reports. He also highlighted that the
respect for human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law are
fundamental and cannot be compromised. He also noted that the pace and depth
of the EU's rapprochement with Ukraine will be determined by full respect for
these values.

The meeting took place within the framework of Mrs. Tymoshenko
first visit to the EU since the time when the criminal case has been filed
against her in Ukraine. Tymoshenko is accused of misappropriation of hundreds
of millions of dollars received by Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, which
should have been invested into environmental programs. In addition, Yulia
is charged with embezzlement of state funds while procuring
ambulances at inflated prices.

Earlier, an international audit of Tymoshenko's government has
revealed numerous financial irregularities including failure to follow proper
tender procedures while making state procurements.

For more information, please contact Maryna Khorunzha
+380443324784 news at, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine

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