Vienna, 5 September 2006 Press release

Plassnik: "European reform course to be continued in a determined manner"


Foreign Minister meets Ukrainian counterpart Boris Tarasiuk in Vienna

Vienna, 5 September 2006 - Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik met with her Ukrainian counterpart Boris Tarasiuk in Vienna today. The talks focused on the programme of the new Ukrainian government and on the continuation of Ukraine’s rapprochement with Europe.

"For us Ukraine is an important European partner whom we continue to support resolutely on its course of reform. However, we expect the new Ukrainian government to continue the reforms launched in a determined manner. Foreign Minister Tarasiuk stands for the continuity of Ukraine’s course towards Europe and for continued constructive cooperation in the neighbourhood, for instance with Moldova," said the Foreign Minister.

"We want to fully utilise the dynamic nature and the potential of our relations. The EU is prepared to start negotiations on an in-depth agreement with Ukraine which will also provide for the establishment of a free trade area. A precondition is, however, that Ukraine becomes a member of the WTO, which will require the implementation of corresponding reforms. This new agreement could stimulate our mutual trade and make an important contribution to intensifying our overall relations," continued Plassnik.

"Ukraine is on its way towards the European community of values, in which our basic values such as democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms have priority. After all, these values are the indispensable basis for a sustainable development and permanent stability in our European neighbourhood and thus for our own security as well," concluded Plassnik.

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