At a bilateral summit in Kiev, the EU has reiterated its call for Ukraine to uphold democratic standards and form a government swiftly following its parliamentary elections on 30 September, in a move that is anticipated to end the ongoing political crisis.
Meeting with Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko at an annual high-level meeting in Kiev on 14 September, Commission President José Manuel Barroso stressed the need for continuing political and economic reforms in Ukraine.
“We trust that after the elections we can continue to work with Ukraine, so that we can help to consolidate constitutional stability, which is essential for the progress of this great country,” Barroso said.
Yushchenko in return vowed that his country would continue on the path of reform following the elections. He stated: “Our European democratic choice is final and irreversible.”
At the meeting, the EU and Ukraine signed an agreement on visa facilitation and re-admission, which is to be ratified by parliaments. The two parties also took stock of their energy co-operation in a report on the implementation of the memorandum on energy collaboration between the EU and Ukraine.