Ukraine, in its negotiations on signing an association agreement with the European Union, has made progress in the implementation of economic priorities, but there was stagnation in performing tasks in the field of political dialogue. This is stated in a report on the results of the public monitoring of the implementation of priorities indentified in the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda, which was prepared by Ukrainian think tanks with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation. The report was presented at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday, UKRINFORM reports.

"Most (70) priorities envisaged by the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda in 2011-2012 are currently being implemented. Ukraine has reached substantial advance in putting into practice 20 priorities, primarily in security, economic, trade and visa liberalization sectors. In general, the Ukrainian side is implementing priorities extremely unevenly," the head of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research, Yulia Tyshchenko, said.

Director of Research at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting Veronika Movchan, in turn, noted that the biggest achievement was the completion of negotiations on the creation of a deep and comprehensive free trade area.

"Ukrainian producers have received very important advantages in access to the EU market, which is now one of the two largest trade partners for Ukraine," she said.

However, the expert said that the talks had stalled in the transport sector, in particular, in the creation of "open skies," and also in the field of sanitary and phytosanitary regulations.

An expert at the Center for Political and Legal Reforms, Oleksandr Banchuk, said that Ukraine was implementing the Association Agenda priorities in the political sphere only nominally.

In particular, he said that the issue concerned electoral and constitutional reforms, ensuring the enforcement of human rights, judicial reform, strengthening local and regional government, and fighting corruption.

"Nominally, decisions are being taken and actions are being made, but they are not bringing Ukraine closer to European standards in the sphere of political dialogue, but quite the contrary, in some areas they are even separating it from them," Banchuk said.

Director of the Department for the European Union at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Vsevolod Chentsov said that the assessment of the implementation of priorities by the public and the government mainly coincided.

"In many respects, this is, in particular, a visa-free dialogue, the dialogue in the economic sphere, and our assessments coincide. Where they do not, we will prove our position. It seems to me that some negative assessments are related to the lack of information, rather than with the real state of affairs," he said.

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