Ukraine and the European Union have outlined around 80 priorities for 2010, which Ukraine promised to implement on its way to signing an association agreement with the EU, the director of the coordination bureau for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Ukrainian government's secretariat, Vadym Triukhan has said, National radio reported.

Triukhan and Director for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia in the European Commission's Directorate-General for External Relations Gunnar Wiegand held in Kyiv the first meeting of a joint committee as part of the Ukraine-EU Association Agenda recently signed by both sides.

Wiegand said that the issue concerns practical steps by Ukraine in implementing concrete reforms in fight against corruption, the adaptation of laws regulating government procurement, measures on phytosanitary protection, as well as other economic and political issues that could bring Ukraine closer with the EU.

He also expressed confidence that Ukraine would continue its Eurointegration course that was declared by both presidential candidates, Regions Party leader Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Wiegand expressed hope that talks between Ukraine and the EU on signing the association agreement would end in 2010.


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