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National Platform Annual meeting in Ukraine – civil society to speak in one voice
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The Annual Meeting of Ukrainian National Platform is taking place today and tomorrow in Kyiv. It is a large consolidated event of the civil society which brings around 100 participants from various parts of the country, regional and national NGOs, independent experts and representatives from the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, as well as members of the Eurointegration Committee of Verhovna Rada of Ukraine and EU Delegation to Ukraine.
This year’s agenda includes perspectives of the Eastern Partnership on the eve of the November EaP Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. During the meeting participants plan to develop a consolidated position of the civil society regarding the role of Ukrainian society in the EU integration process, which will be presented during the General Assembly of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Chisinau. A special guest of the meeting was the Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski who said on Monday that ‘he sees good prospects for the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union during the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013’. ‘Today we have 10 weeks left to the Vilnius summit, and I can say that today I am more optimistic about the prospects for this summit,’ said the EU Ambassador to Ukraine.
Among other special guests are Petras Vaitekunas, Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine, Vsevolod Chentsov, Director of the Department for European Union, Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, Borys Tarasyuk, Co-Chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and Hryhoriy Nemyria, former Deputy Prime Minister for the European integration in Yulia Tymoshenko’s government. The conference is moderated by the Coordinator of the National Platform of the EaP Civil Society Forum in Ukraine - Oleksandr Sushko (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Сooperation).