Didier Reynders hopes for more cooperation between Ukraine and the EU

date: 27 November 2013

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the recent decision by the Ukrainian government to postpone negotiations with the EU on an Association Agreement. Minister Reynders calls on Ukraine to continue to invest in co-operation with the EU. This not only benefits the promotion of universal norms and values but can also provide for commercial and investment opportunities.
 
Didier Reynders deems it important to continue our contacts and co-operation with Ukraine so that the country can determine the degree of its co-operation with the EU independently and without external pressure.
 
On the eve of the Vilnius summit, Minister Reynders calls on other countries of the Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova) to continue to pursue the objectives of the Eastern Partnership. The Eastern Partnership is a future-oriented and dynamic framework for cooperation with 6 countries, each of which makes a sovereign decision on its political association and economic integration with the EU. The decision of Ukraine should not affect the opportunities of the Partnership for the other countries.

"The Eastern Partnership is a future-oriented and dynamic framework for cooperation with 6 countries, each of which makes a sovereign decision on its political association and economic integration with the EU."