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EU calls Ukraine to keep pace of reforms during preelection period

The joint statement following the 20th EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels notes good progress in structural reforms in the field of decentralisation and public administration
21:14, 9 July 2018

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The EU noted the progress of Ukraine in implementing numerous reforms in all the spheres of life aimed at improving people’s level of life. This is stated in a joint statement following the 20th EU-Ukraine Summit Brussels by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, issued on 9 July 2018.

“We welcomed the launch of a number of important reforms since our last Summit to improve the living standards of Ukraine's citizens, notably in the areas of health and pensions. Good progress has been achieved on structural reforms in the field of decentralisation and public administration, as well as in public procurement and environmental reforms. We also welcomed the adoption of the law on privatisation and efforts for improved governance and transparency of State Owned Enterprises. We welcomed the progress made on the law on national security, took note of its adoption and looked forward to its implementation. We took note positively of Ukraine's adoption of the Energy Strategy up to 2035, the implementation of which will contribute further to the country's energy security and implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” reads the message.

The signatories also recognised the substantial progress made by Ukraine in its reform process, which is essential both to meet the demands of Ukraine's citizens and to strengthen Ukraine's resilience to the external challenges it faces and expressed the readiness to continue supporting Ukraine’s efforts

 

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“Taking note of the efforts already made by the Ukrainian authorities, we agreed on the need to continue to address the socio-economic and humanitarian consequences of the conflict in an inclusive manner. […] The EU expressed its readiness to engage in support of reconstruction efforts once the conditions allow. We welcomed ongoing initiatives, including by the EU Member States, to provide targeted assistance to cities and districts of the conflict-affected region,” the statement says.

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They also agreed that Ukraine needs to keep the pace of reforms and that it should be maintained including during the upcoming preelection period.

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