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Debates
Thursday, 12 December 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

14.16. Outcome of the Vilnius Summit and the future of the Eastern Partnership, in particular as regards Ukraine (RCB7-0557/2013 , B7-0557/2013 , B7-0558/2013 , B7-0559/2013 , B7-0564/2013 , B7-0567/2013 , B7-0568/2013 , B7-0569/2013 )
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  Kristiina Ojuland (ALDE ), in writing . − The Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on 29 November 2013 was an important milestone measuring the success of EU policy in its Eastern neighbourhood. The unexpected decision by the Ukrainian authorities, led by President Yanukovych, to put the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU on hold is deplorable, and the reaction of the people of Ukraine who are protesting in Kiev and other cities is an indication of the existing popular wish to integrate closer with the EU. That this was not heard by the Ukrainian leadership is to be regretted.

The EU remains open and ready to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine, provided that the conditions are met. Some important agreements were concluded in Vilnius with other Eastern Partnership countries however: Association Agreements (and DCFTAs) were initialled with Moldova and Georgia, a visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan was signed, and a framework agreement on participation in EU crisis management operations was concluded with Georgia.

Nonetheless, in view of the growing pressure being exerted by Russia on the countries of the region, the EU should reinforce its policies in the Eastern neighbourhood and grant more support for democratic developments in the region.

 
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