EU and Ukraine reaffirmed commitment to strengthen cooperation at bilateral summit in Brussels

07-10-2020
Photo: European Union
Photo: European Union

On 6 October, President of the European Council Charles Michel, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Josep Borrell, Vice-President of the European Commission, met in Brussels for the 22nd EU–Ukraine summit. At the end of the meeting, the EU and Ukraine issued a joint statement.

Both parties reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU, on the basis of the Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

“We share common values of democracy, rule of law, respect for international law and human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities, as well as gender equality,” the statement said. “The EU reiterated its unwavering support and commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.”

Both parties agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has helped to strengthen the relations between the EU and Ukraine

“The €190 million support package and a €1.2 billion macro-financial assistance programme that the EU had mobilised for Ukraine to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impact goes far beyond what any other partner has provided,” said the statement “We noted the appreciation by Ukrainian leadership and citizens for the assistance provided.”

 

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