17:50 19.12.2011

Kyiv's performance in sphere of rule of law to be crucial for subsequent implementation of association agreement

Ukraine's performance in relation to respect for common values and the rule of law will be crucially important for the subsequent signing of the association agreement and its implementation, according to a joint statement by Kyiv and Brussels adopted on the results of the Ukraine-EU Summit in Kyiv on Monday.

"They [the leaders of the EU and Ukraine] reached a common understanding that Ukraine's performance, notably in relation to respect for common values and the rule of law, will be crucially important for the speed of its political association and economic integration with the EU, including in the context of the conclusion of the association agreement and its subsequent implementation," reads the draft document.

"The leaders reconfirmed the commitment to the rule of law with an independent judiciary, recognizing this as a critical element underpinning the association agreement," reads the statement.

At the same time, they noted the specific challenges in this area that "require urgent attention, notably through judicial reform."

"They also stressed the importance of free media and of freedom of assembly, and agreed on the need further to improve the existing legislation in Ukraine in these areas in order to bring it in line with international standards," reads the document.

The leaders also discussed developments related to constitutional, electoral and judicial reforms in Ukraine and "recognized the advantages of pursuing these reforms further in a transparent and inclusive manner, with the involvement of the opposition and the significant participation of representatives of civil society."

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