We are talking about the gradual entry of Ukraine into the internal EU market with the expanded application of its four freedoms (movement of goods, services, capital, people).
Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Olga Stefanyshyna spoke about the purpose of economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union.
As stated on the European integration portal, Stefanyshyna in conjunction with the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius held a meeting of the standing Ukrainian-Lithuanian Commission for European integration.
In particular, Stefanyshyna thanked Lithuania for its continuous and strong stand in support of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, supporting our country on its path to EU membership and NATO.
We are grateful to Lithuania for the willingness to be held in Vilnius next conference on reforms in Ukraine, and sincerely hope that soon the epidemiological situation is normal, and the conference will be held at a high level in the traditional format,” she said.
Vice Prime Minister stressed that Ukraine has a clear and ambitious vision for further integration with the EU.
“The aim of economic integration is the gradual entry of Ukraine into the internal EU market with the expanded application of its four freedoms (movement of goods, services, capital, people – UNIAN) towards Ukraine. In 5 years we see a significant growth of trade between Ukraine and the EU, strengthening the interconnectedness of our markets. So now it is important to take measures which (stimulate) the growth, in particular to establish a structured dialogue with the EU on logistics,” Stefanyshina said.
She also noted that he hoped for the support of Lithuania in ensuring a positive outcome on the priority issues for Ukraine, in particular the early signing of an Agreement on joint aviation space.
“The summit Ukraine-EU which will take place on 1 October and after a meeting of the Association Council in December, should work together to formulate ambitious goals of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine and to strengthen the process of European integration of Ukraine”, – said Stefanyshyna.
In addition, the meeting participants discussed the main directions of interaction of Ukraine with Lithuania and the EU as a whole, such as the implementation of the Association Agreement, the signing of the ACAA agreement (Agreements on conformity assessment and acceptance of industrial products), integration in the digital and energy market of the EU, Ukraine’s accession to the transport networks of the EU, cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security.
Separately the parties touched upon the question of the future of the Eastern partnership, stressing that it is important to conduct a physical summit next year and to fix ambitious objectives in the joint Declaration on its results.
Stefanyshyna thanked Lithuania for the provision of humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in the fight against the pandemic.
Following the meeting, the sides signed a Protocol, which recorded the key agreements reached during the meeting.
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