PM: Ukraine fulfills almost all conditions for signing FTA agreement with EU.

By bne IntelliNews February 8, 2013
Ukraine has fulfilled almost all the conditions for signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, PM Mykola Azarov told a joint news conference with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fle. Fle in his turn agreed by noting that there is a real possibility of signing the Association Agreement in November this year. This will be done provided that the Ukrainian side will show decisive action, and there will be significant progress in three main areas: selective justice, the weaknesses identified during the elections in October last year, progress in the implementation of the reforms envisaged by the agenda of the Association," he stressed. On a separate matter, Fle stressed that the EU intends to continue the financial support aimed at strengthening Ukraine's energy independence. According to him, the development of the Ukrainian energy policy would depend on the transparency of tariffs, development of the potential of renewable energy, introduction of energy-efficiency policies, and implementation of broad reforms.

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