Ukraine is a step closer to association with the EU – Radoslaw Sikorski

21 September 2013

Ukraine is close to meeting the requirements for signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, stated the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski at the 10th Annual Meeting of YES “Changing Ukraine in a Changing World: Factors of Success” on Saturday in Yalta.

Ukraine is close to meeting the requirements for signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, stated the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Poland, Radoslaw Sikorski at the 10th Annual Meeting of YES “Changing Ukraine in a Changing World: Factors of Success” on Saturday in Yalta.

At the same time, he noted that signing the agreement at the Vilnius summit in November is merely the beginning of the process. He advised that the forum should develop a vision of Ukraine’s next steps. “Following the summit, the Eastern Partnership countries should move forward and demonstrate their determination to implement the reforms we agreed on in the document… The Association document is not merely a technical document, it describes a political vision in which the countries associating with the EU are positioned in relation to other countries”.
According to Mr. Sikorski, some time should pass between signing the Association Agreement and considering full membership of the Union. “We, for instance, saw x2.5 growth in imports. You can also achieve this if you sign the Agreement and implement it in practice, combat corruption, create the right conditions for investment and really become a modern Ukrainian state”, the diplomat said during the discussion “The Vilnius Summit – Creating Wider Europe?”

“You are a step closer to achieving your goal and I hope your finish will be successful. Now you are so close to the finish line it would be bad if you failed to take the last step over it. We have managed to take it and I am sure you will be able to do it as well”, he finished.

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Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the largest social institution of public diplomacy in Eastern Europe, providing an open and equal dialogue on global issues affecting the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. This non-partisan organisation was established in 2004 by the Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk.

The YES Annual Meetings held in Yalta’s Livadia Palace have become an open platform to discuss and look for new ideas and views on paths to European, Ukrainian and global development. Every year these meetings bring together over 200 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 20 countries.  The dialogue on global challenges broadens the vision on the situation inside Ukraine and the prospects for the country’s development in the modern world. It is also an incentive to find common ground between countries, common interests and values.

At the YES Annual Meetings the world's top opinion leaders present their visions of current and future trends which impact all spheres of life of society. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the events were opened by Presidents Viktor Yanukovych, Bronislaw Komorowski, Shimon Peres and Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. YES Annual Meetings key speakers have included Mykola Azarov, Kofi Annan, Egemen Bagis, Carl Bildt, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, James Wolfensohn, Newt Gingrich, Herman Gref, Arkadiy Dvorkovich,  Robert Zoellick, Bill Clinton, Paul Krugman, Alexei Kudrin, Leonid Kuchma, Yuri Milner, Condoleezza Rice, Lawrence Summers, Radoslaw Sikorski, Javier Solana, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Shashi Tharoor, Strobe Talbott, Niall Ferguson, Vladimir Filat, Joschka Fischer, Stefan Fule, Gerhard Schroeder, Muhammad Yunus and many others.

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The projects of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation include, among others: the network of neonatal centers Cradles of Hope, the largest private scholarship programme in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA, the WorldWideStudies scholarship programme for Ukrainian students studying abroad, the centre for contemporary art PinchukArtCentre with its biannual prizes Future Generation Art Prize and PinchukArtCentre Prize. The foundation also hosts the Davos Philanthropic Roundtable and Davos Ukrainian Lunch organized each year at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum and supports the international network YES (Yalta European Strategy) to foster Ukraine’s European and global integration, as well as a startup online platform for fostering philanthropy in Ukraine, the Philanthropic Marketplace. The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum. It cooperates with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Peres Center for Peace, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and other nongovernmental organizations.

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