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News article13 July 2017Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations

EU – Ukraine Summit: Ukrainian reforms combined with European Union support delivering positive results

The 19th Summit between the European Union and Ukraine is taking place today in Kyiv. Speaking at the joint press conference, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: "More steps have been taken in the last three years than...

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The 19th Summit between the European Union and Ukraine is taking place today in Kyiv. Speaking at the joint press conference, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: "More steps have been taken in the last three years than in the previous twenty, Ukraine should be proud of what it has achieved". The full remarks of President Juncker at the press conference will be available online.

The Summit, which was also attended by Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis, and Commissioners Johannes Hahn and Cecilia Malmström and preceded by a meeting between the two Presidents and the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, provided an important opportunity to review the progress made in implementation of Ukraine's ambitious reform efforts, as well as to identify further reform priorities, including in the area of anti-corruption and transparency.

EU leaders outlined the way forward in terms of the disbursement of the third tranche of EU macro-financial assistance, including the necessary measures to be taken by the Ukrainian authorities in this respect. They also announced the preparation of €200 million of priority programmes for 2017, including support to conflict-affected areas in the east of Ukraine, energy efficiency, and public finance management. A press release highlighting the outcomes of the Summit is available online.

Following the Summit, Vice-President Dombrovskis will remain in Ukraine for a bilateral meeting with the Minister of Finance, Oleksandr Danylyuk, and members of the Verkhovna Rada. He will also travel to Mariupol and areas in eastern Ukraine to visit humanitarian assistance projects supported by the EU. Coverage of the 19th EU-Ukraine Summit and of the Vice-President's visit is available on Europe by Satellite.

More information on EU-Ukraine relations can be found on the website of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, or in a dedicated factsheet on EU-Ukraine relations.

For more information:

Margaritis Schinas - Tel.: +32 229 60524
Maja Kocijancic – Tel.: +32 229 86570
Vanessa Mock – Tel.: +32 229 56194
Adam Kaznowski – Tel: +32 229 89359
Juliana Dahl – Tel.: +32 229 64976

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