President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized the decisiveness of Ukraine to implement reforms that bring the country closer to the EU.
"Ukraine is on the eve of strategically important political decisions in the context of constitutional amendments as well as further social and economic policies. What we need is internal unity plus international solidarity and support," the President emphasized in the the joint press statement with President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
The Head of State noted a unique format of today's meeting - mini-summit with participation of three Presidents and European Commissioners - and its importance for Ukraine. He is confident that this meeting will sum up the achievements during the passing year and set up ambitious priorities for the year ahead.
The President called visa liberalization a top priority item of today’s agenda and expressed hope that the EU member-states will adopt positive decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine.
"I would like to thank President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker for the very firm position demonstrated after the Ukraine-EU Summit in Kyiv. We have an ambitious agenda and I am happy to inform that we implemented all the points we had agreed at that time. We in Ukraine look forward to receiving green light from the European Commission on legal formalization of introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens in 2016," Petro Poroshenko said.
The Head of State assured that Ukrainian authorities would continue implementing the wide scope of reforms in the field of anti-corruption, justice and home affairs to build upon the progress achieved in the framework of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. "We know what needs to be done further and we will do it in close cooperation with the European Commission," Petro Poroshenko noted.
"Despite all speculations there are no reasons to believe that Ukraine presents any migration risk to the EU member states. We are a responsible nation and we prove it. Ukrainian people have deserved not only by reforms, but also with their own blood and fight for European values the right to have a visa-free regime with the European Union," the President stressed.
The Head of State is also hopeful that ways will be found to speed up the disbursement of the second tranche of the macrofinancial assistance program of the EU. "We are grateful for this demonstration of solidarity and we are really decisive to implement reforms," Petro Poroshenko assured.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk noted that reforms in Ukraine had already brought the first results, but the Ukrainian authorities had much to be done in the coming months. He added that the EU would continue providing technical and financial assistance to Ukraine. Donald Tusk also noted significant progress of Ukraine in the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. "I hope we will find consensus this evening," he said.
In his turn, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker noted that the European Commission would keep on supporting Ukraine on the track of reforms. He emphasized substantial progress of Ukraine in the creation of anti-corruption bodies, particularly the appointment of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. Jean-Claude Juncker stressed that anti-corruption activities remained a priority in the reforms of Ukraine. The President of the European Commission also noted significant progress of Ukraine in the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. According to him, future actions of the European Commission will depend on successful actions of Ukraine.
Credit: European Union