Kyiv must show progress by May to sign Association Agreement with EU in November
Brussels has for the first time named a clear deadline for the implementation of tasks outlined for Kyiv in the conclusions of the Council of the European Union, with Ukraine having to show noticeable progress in the fulfillment of these tasks by May in order to sign the Association Agreement with the EU by the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November 2013.
"May is an important time in our calendar, when internal procedures have to be launched to sign the Association Agreement by the summit in Vilnius. The commission should prepare to ask the Council of the EU to authorize the signing of the agreement," a diplomat from the European External Action Service told an Interfax-Ukraine reporter in Brussels on Thursday.
The diplomat said that the European side "reminds our colleagues that we are pressed for time."
"We have to see [progress] by May," the diplomat said.