Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Ukraine to deepen relations with EU

Interfax Ukrainian News - 22 November 2005

Kyiv, November 22 (Interfax) - Kyiv expects the European Union to be more active in relations with Ukraine, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Borys Tarasiuk said at a meeting with a European parliamentary delegation headed by Charles Tannock.

"We expect the EU to play a more active role, primarily in the area of defining a new format for bilateral relations, in the dialog on the simplification of visa procedures, in granting Ukraine a market economy status within the framework of the EU anti-dumping legislation," the minister said.

Ukraine is going to intensify cooperation with the EU in order to negotiate and sign a new basic Ukraine-EU agreement by the beginning of 2008, which will include a provision on clear prospects for integration, Tarasiuk said.

Ukrainian political leaders look toward integration with Europe, he said, adding that upcoming parliamentary elections will be held according to democratic principles.

Ukraine may become "an engine of European and Euroatlantic integration on the territory of the former USSR," setting a positive example for other countries of the region in developing relations with the EU, Tarasiuk said.