Systemic reforms that are being conducted in Ukraine and implementation of complex programs with the European Union will promote the signing of an Association Agreement with the EU during the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place in November in Vilnius, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said during a meeting with representatives of the supervisory board of the Yalta European Strategy (YES), the press service of the head of state reports.

"I hope the Association Agreement and free trade area with the European Union will be signed at this year's summit in Vilnius," Yanukovych noted.

In his opinion, strengthening the rule of law and independence of the judiciary remains a priority for Ukraine. "I am pleased that Mr Kwasniewski is very active in this direction. Our active cooperation is filled with content. Support of the Yalta European Strategy to implement the European integration course is very important for Ukraine, and we appreciate it," he said.

He added that every year during the events of the Yalta European Strategy Ukraine moves closer to its goal - EU integration.

In turn, head of the YES supervisory board, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said that 2013 should become history-making in the development of the Ukrainian-EU relations. "I think that the signing of the association and free trade area agreement at the summit in Vilnius in November will be a breakthrough in the relationship, a historic moment for both Europe and Ukraine, which will change a lot of things," Kwasniewski said.

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