The relevant committee of the European Parliament supported the Recommendations to the Council, the Commission and the EEAS on the negotiations on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, reported by Paweł Zalewski (Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) Member, Poland).

"My suggestions have found support in the committee, and the summery of the report states that integration of Ukrainian economy into European one will have positive effect for both sides," the MEP said Monday.

In particular, the Committee on Foreign Affairs was called to incorporate the following suggestions in its motion for a resolution:

1.    to support the conclusion of negotiations on the DCFTA by the end of 2011 since these constitute a positive step towards Ukraine’s economic integration into Europe;

2.    to recognize the substantial efforts made by the Ukrainian government in reducing barriers overall, in adapting geographical indications, and in SPS, competition, and TBTs, as well as the limited achievements of the DCFTA in areas such as investment, services, agriculture, energy, and export barriers;

3.    to prepare for its implementation together with Ukraine so that commitments that have not been backed up by preconditions and will not deliver immediate rewards become reality and have a substantial impact in the long run; to provide Ukraine with post-liberalisation adjustment funds, as foreseen in the ENP National Indicative Programme for 2011-2013, and with technical assistance for customs issues and adapting geographical indications;

4.    to continue to call for unilateral political and economic reforms in Ukraine that would lead to the modernisation of its infrastructures, notably in energy and transport; to helping business, most urgently through easier access to credit and land and simpler and faster processes for tax collection and customs; to the removal of red tape and corruption; and to enforcement of the rule of law and democratic practices;

5.    to recognise that the conclusion of the Association Agreement, with the DCFTA at its core, will provide a twofold remedy for reinforcing the rule of law in Ukraine: for EU investors and traders it will result in higher protection standards, and for Ukraine it will enhance European principles of law and democracy, the deficit of which has become so apparent in recent months (Yulia Tymoshenko case);

6.    to ensure that the EU consistently makes similar progress with the other Eastern Partners willing to comply with democratic values and trade openness;

7.    to adopt an open and rational approach to the visa liberalisation process when it comes to its implementation phase, basing EU decisions on fair assessments of efforts by Ukraine to fulfil its commitments.

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