Strengthening democracy and Ukraine’s strategic course towards European integration remain top priorities for the Batkivshchyna Party, its leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, said.

"We don’t want the time we’re in opposition to be lost time for Ukraine’s European integration," Yulia Tymoshenko said during a working lunch with European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule.

"I have enough political will and inner freedom to make Ukraine more democratic and European, and its citizens more prosperous and free," she said, acording to the official website.

In turn, Stefan Fule stressed that Ukraine’s proximity to the EU is contingent on its adherence to the principles of democracy, rule of law and human rights.

"Respect for the rule of law, human rights and democratic principles remain key factors in EU-Ukraine relations," he said.

The European commissioner stressed the inadmissibility of selective justice against political opponents and expressed concern over growing pressure on civil society, the deterioration of the situation in the media sector and the narrowing of political pluralism.

Yulia Tymoshenko and Stefan Fule agreed to hold the next meeting in Brussels in the near future.

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