The relationship with Ukraine is important for the EU, but the EU is concerned about lack of progress on a number of critical reforms in Ukraine, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule stresses in his statement on his visit to Ukraine, ForUm learned from the press office of the official.

During his visit to Ukraine Stefan Fule has met with President Yanukovych of Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Klyuyev and Foreign Minister Gryschenko, and also had the opportunity to visit former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, who is currently in detention.

"My talks focused on a number of recent developments both in Ukraine and in the EU. I have stressed to my Ukrainian counterparts that the relationship with Ukraine is important for the EU, and that the Association Agreement is the best prospect for Ukrainian citizens to be assured of a future based on European values and standards.

I underlined that the EU is concerned about lack of progress on a number of critical reforms in Ukraine, including those in the constitutional and judicial spheres and we have had substantial discussions on these. I also reiterated our serious concern over recent cases of selective justice in Ukraine, including the cases of Yulia Tymoshenko and others," the statement reads.

According to the press office, the aim of his visit to Kyiv was to prepare the ground for the EU-Ukraine Summit on 19 December, where a number of important issues should be discussed both in current EU-Ukraine relations and in relation to the longer-term goal of political association and economic integration for which the negotiations on the Association Agreement should be finalised.

In his statement Fule informed that he discussed with Ukrainian leaders the issues related to economic governance and the need to improve the business environment, including the necessity for Ukraine to secure a fair and market oriented price for gas and to ensure full compliance with its commitments and obligations as a member of the Energy Community.
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