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Ukraine at crossroads on the eve of historical moment: National Platform Statement on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
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In a statement on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement Ukrainian National Platform talks about Ukraine’s historic moment, which can define its future. Association Agreement between Ukraine and EU may be signed in Vilnius at the Eastern Partnership Summit in November.
Recognising its importance, however, ‘we see no prospect of success in Vilnius if several basic steps to overcome selective justice reform legislation on elections and on prosecution are not made in the coming weeks’, the statement says. It calls on ‘the President of Ukraine, the Government of Ukraine and the Parliament of Ukraine to adopt the decision which could testify the most complete understanding of the criteria formulated by the European Union on December 10, 2012.’ At the same time ‘we call on the EU institutions, member-states’ governments to demonstrate strategic wisdom, understanding that the signed Association Agreement will provide EU more positive leverage even with the present shortage of reforms in Ukraine. And it will provide Ukrainian society much greater push for reforms and an occasion for the efforts mobilization than delay of agreement signing till better times,’ continues the statement.