Issue 161

es-ir-ukraine-kyivpost.comAshton in Kyiv to discuss way out of political crisis and EU’s support to Ukrainian economy


Ashton in KyivA lasting solution to the political crisis in Ukraine must include constitutional reform, the formation of a new inclusive government and the creation of the conditions for democratic elections, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has said, adding the EU is closely following the political situation in the country.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Ashton called on all sides to abide by the rule of the law and the Constitution, and to continue “engaging in a meaningful dialogue to fulfil the legitimate democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people.”  The EU expects everyone in Ukraine “to behave responsibly with a view to protect the unity, sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the country,” she added.

Following the agreement reached by the sides on 21 February, the EU is fully committed to support an inclusive political process, help de-escalate the situation and assist Ukraine in the process of reform with a view of delivering “a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all Ukraine’s citizens.”

Ashton welcomed the release of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko after more than two and a half years in detention as an important step in addressing concerns as regards selective justice in the country.

The High Representative is due to have meetings with key stakeholders in Kyiv today to discuss the EU’s support for a lasting solution to the political crisis and measures to stabilise the economic situation, a press release said.(EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Catherine Ashton Statement 


european-commission-flagEU-Armenia relations in focus: three questions to the Ambassador


Arm-EUPrivate sector development, public administration reform and justice sector reform will be the priorities of EU-Armenia relations in the period 2014-2020, as they are expected to be conducive to the country’s economic growth, says the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, in an interview with the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre.

Relations in the coming years will focus on private sector development, public administration reform and justice sector reform. In particular, focus will be placed on encouraging economic diversification and competitiveness, strengthening SMEs especially in rural areas, securing the rights of business entities, enhancing the Government’s steering and administrative capabilities and independent and effective judicial sector.

The interview is part of a new series Three Questions to the Ambassador produced by the Info Centre. It is available in EnglishRussian and Armenian. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

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Full interview

Info Centre Armenia webpage

Delegation Armenia

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