The Vice Prime
Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze met
with the delegation of MPs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European
The visit of MEPs
takes place within the framework of preparation by a group of MEPs of the
Report on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and
the EU, which will be presented to the European Parliament this fall.
The Vice Prime
Minister informed visitors that in February the Government Office for the
Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration presented the Report on
the implementation of the Association Agreement in 2017. "This is not just
a compilation of statistical information, but a detailed analysis of the work
fulfilled throughout the whole country over the past year", she said.
Vice Prime Minister also told about European integration plans for this year.
The current priority is effective cooperation between the Parliament and the
Government in implementing the Roadmap of legislative support for the
implementation of the Association Agreement. It is based on the Government
Action Plan for the implementation of the Agreement and contains 57 priority
bills, 4 of which have already been approved as whole, and 7 – passed in the
first reading. Such a pace since the beginning of the year inspires optimism
for the continued fruitful cooperation between all parties to the process.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze also reminded the members of the
European Parliament that changes in Ukraine take place amid Russian aggression.
But even despite that and counterstand of the old
system, it was possible to start such unpopular but vital reforms as
healthcare, education and pension, as well as to approach the launch of the
the challenges facing the European integration process, the Director of the
Government Office for the Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic
Integration Olha Stefanyshyna
noted that currently there are three major problems: the resistance of the old
system, often unrealistic deadlines enshrined in the Agreement back in 2007 and
the tasks the implementation of which proves impossible without Parliament’s
adopting of the necessary legislative framework.
of the European Parliament in turn asked if a threat to the European integration
policy of Ukraine by populist forces exists after the elections in 2019 and how
the process of rapprochement with the EU is perceived among the regions. The
Vice Prime Minister informed that the Government had launched a program of
raising awareness of the population about the European integration process.
also discussed European policy, in particular, Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.