Fact-finding missions on how Ukraine prepares the implementation of the free trade agreement with the EU and conducts the promised judicial reforms will be undertaken by MEPs from the EP Trade and Legal affairs committees in Kiev, Ukraine on 24-25 September.

Led by International Trade committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE) and the chair of the Legal Affairs Committee Pavel Svoboda (EPP, CZ), the 11-MEP-strong delegation will meet with Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) members responsible for Foreign Affairs, European Integration legal policy and justice economic policy. They will also talk to leaders of political factions and meet government representatives and civil society organizations, representing the respective areas of competence of trade and legal affairs committees.

The discussions held during the visit will touch upon the impact of the EU Trade Preferences on Ukrainian exports and use of the funds from the EU macro-financial assistance, judicial reform process, and cooperation in the field of private international law. MEPs will also examine how the European Parliament could assist the local judicial authorities to create better links and relations with the EU.

A press conference on outcome of the visit will be held Friday afternoon 14.30 (Kiev time) in the EU Delegation premises in Kiev.

The MEPs going to Ukraine are International Trade committee chair Bernd Lange (S&D, DE), the chair of the Legal Affairs Committee Pavel Svoboda (EPP, CZ), and Heidi Hautala (Greens/EFA, FI), Joëlle Bergeron (EFDD, FR), Viktor Uspaskich (ALDE, LT) (from Legal Affairs committee); Danuta HUBNER (EPP, PL), Gabrielius LANDSBERGIS (EPP, LT), Joachim SCHUSTER (S&D,DE), Helmut SCHOLZ (GUE/NGL, DE), Tiziana BEGHIN (EFDD, IT), Franz Obermayr (ENF, AT) (from the International Trade committee).