Development of bilateral cooperation with Spain is of great importance for Ukraine, said Volodymyr Lytvyn, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Monday, meeting delegates of the Spain-Ukraine Parliamentary Working Group of the Cortes Generales of the Kingdom of Spain, ForUm learned from the press office of the parliament.

"We appreciate the role of Spain in European affairs, as well as your assistance and readiness to support our intentions concerning the European Union", the Head of the Ukrainian Parliament stated. He hopes that "the visit of friendship delegation will strengthen our dialogue within all the levels." He also expects the Chairman of the Lower Chamber of Spanish Parliament to visit Ukraine after elections to the Congress of Spain.

Lytvyn is interested in strengthening the trade-economic cooperation with Spain. Its rate is expected to increase soon: a total goods and services turnover between Ukraine and Spain for the first six months of 2011 comprised USD 811,2 million, or twice more than for the respective periods of the previous year. He appreciated the fact that it was a Spanish company that won a tender to develop the technical-economic basis for the national projects of condensed gas terminal building, while "the total project cost is estimated at USD 1,5 billion."

The Spanish parliament members are ready "to strengthen and develop connections with Ukraine." They assured the Ukrainian Party in "that the Spanish Party will assist Ukraine under any conditions that might appear after the parliamentary elections in Spain on November 20." Spanish colleagues focused on the importance of an appropriate legislative base to make cooperation with the Ukrainian partners safe and convenient which will attract investment to the Ukrainian economy.

The Parties discussed a social component of bilateral relations. The guests called for promoting the Spanish language in Ukraine and opening Miguel de Cervantes museum.

Lytvyn promised that the proposals will be discussed with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. He stressed that the Spanish language department in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv is among the most popular foreign languages.

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