The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe within the framework of its competence is ready to provide the necessary assistance to Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement with the European Union, PACE President Mr. Jean-Claude Mignon said at the meeting with chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Rybak, the Parliament’s press service informs.

PACE President welcomed the adoption of the declaration of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the implementation of Ukraine's European aspirations and the conclusion of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. "I welcome the fact that there is unanimous position on the Association Agreement," he said.

Mr. Mignon stressed that the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Venice Commission are ready to provide assistance to Ukraine in the implementation of the constitutional reform, legislation reform to combat corruption, the reforms of prosecution and law enforcement system, judicial and electoral systems. "It is necessary to use the mechanisms of parliamentary diplomacy, to assist you in the implementation of reforms," he said.

PACE President also noted that this year is important for our country, given the OSCE chairmanship as well. "Ukraine has been playing an important role in the region and beyond, and we need your help in solving the frozen conflicts," he stated.

In turn, Rybak agreed with Mr. Mignon on the need to accelerate pace of reforms. "There are serious flaws in the legislation. However, we are working on the mistakes. In April and May we will pass the laws on Ukraine's commitments to the Council of Europe and will continue to improve the legislation," the speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament promised.

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