13:16 25.04.2013

Ukraine intends to meet conditions for signing Association Agreement, says NSDC secretary

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Ukraine intends to meet conditions for signing Association Agreement, says NSDC secretary

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Andriy Kliuyev has said he believes that Kyiv will meet the conditions for the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

In an interview with Interfax-Ukraine after his visit to Brussels, Kliuyev said that he discussed this matter with European partners, including, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule.

"Out of the ten laws, four have already been passed, two at first reading. I hope that when the parliament returns from the May holidays, the rest of the laws will be adopted by the end of the month," Kliuyev said.

Speaking about a meeting with European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht, the NSDC secretary said that the parties have agreed send a group of experts from the WTO panel, headed by Andriy Honcharuk, in the second half of May to Brussels to address problematic issues.

European Commissioner Fule earlier said that "the set of documents adopted by Ukraine to ensure the follow up of the EU's policy of engagement reflect its determination to achieve the objective of signing the Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area by the time of the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius."

At the same time, the ongoing monitoring of Ukraine's actions shows that some outstanding issues require additional attention, he added.

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