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Ukraine is still an important partner of Europe, including in the light of the Eastern partnership policy, head of the trade and economic section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine Nicholas Burge told a conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
According to the official, the integration dialogue with Kyiv began in 1994, when the partnership agreement was signed, and today both parties understand that it is necessary to move towards economic rapprochement and political association.
"The Association Agreement is a revolutionary step, surpassing any similar EU treaties. The agreement covers all aspects of bilateral relations, including economy, law, education and culture. Thus, this agreement forms the agenda for internal reform in Ukraine, and the core document - a deep understanding on enhanced and comprehensive free trade area," he said.
Burge added that the EU gets about one third of the Ukrainian foreign trade, and with the launch of a deep and comprehensive free trade area this share will increase and create new opportunities for Ukrainian business.
"In general, the signing of the Association Agreement will improve the living conditions in Ukraine. A few days ago, the European Commission recommended the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to move towards signing of the Agreement with Kyiv in November," the representative of Brussels stressed.
But Ukraine has still much to do for this signing. "This concerns cases of selective justice, electoral laws and Association Agenda (reforms aimed to synchronize the Ukrainian legal framework with European). There is some progress in all these areas, but there is still much work to do," he said.