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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 10:00
Intensive Momentum in EU-Ukraine Dialogue“There is intensive momentum in the EU-Ukraine dialogue,” said Kostyantin Gryshchenko in Brussels yesterday. He was speaking at a packed public conference organised by the EU Ukraine Business Council, the German Marshall Fund of the US and the European Policy Centre. The meeting was sponsored by System Capital Management.

Gryshchenko stressed the strategic objective of the government of Ukraine to secure economic integration with the EU. He would not be drawn on forecasting a date for completion of the negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement, citing the need for detailed technical discussions on sensitive sectors which would necessarily take some time.

“But I am confident that we will complete negotiations within a relatively short period of time,” he said. Asked what consultation mechanisms were in place to involve Ukrainian business in the negotiating process, Gryshchenko confirmed that his administration was committed to consulting business on the process.

Speaking to Anna Zvolikevych of the EU Ukraine Business Council after the conference, she confirmed that the EU Ukraine Business Council will be organising a Round Table meeting on the DCFTA in Brussels in December to coincide with the next negotiating round, and that Ukrainian business would be encouraged to participate and present their views.

Foreign Minister Gryshchenko was equally upbeat about Ukrainian relations with the USA, saying that the absence of headline news was actually disguising a warm and solid partnership between the USA and Ukraine.

Queried about the frequency of high level contacts with Moscow, he said, “It is wrong to blame Ukraine for having too much contact with Moscow. The restoration of our relations with Russia, following a sharp deterioration under the previous administration, is important for our political and economic ties. Our unshakeable strategic objective of greater integration with the EU also requires that we have amicable relations with our other neighbours.”

Looking ahead to the forthcoming political summit between the EU and Ukraine, Foreign Minister Gryshchenko expressed the hope that the Action Plan for a visa free system of travel between the EU and Ukraine would be approved, but noted that further detailed work was still needed at EU member state level.

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Kostyantin Gryshchenko in Brussels yesterday

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 10:27