Short, snappy and focused on two priorities - reviving sagging investment in Europe and standing firm towards Russia, the first European Union summit under new leadership was a demonstrative break with the past.
BUCHAREST - Romania's parliament approved a deficit-cutting 2015 budget bill on Sunday, sticking to a fiscal shortfall target agreed with the International Monetary Fund.
Russia will gladly take back the money it paid for French Mistral-class warships whose handover has been delayed by concerns over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, a deputy defence minister said Saturday.
The Minsk agreements have not been implemented, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said, speaking to the heads of state and government of the European Union at the EU summit in Brussels.
Like children keen to get out of school for the holidays, Europe's heads of government last night wrapped up their last European Council summit of the year a day early. That was perhaps unsurprising: compared to past summits, which have seen slugfests over everything from bail-out funds to climate policy, yesterday's was a relatively tame affair.
Ukraine and Hungary will implement joint control at border checkpoints and open one additional border checkpoint, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.
The leaders of the EU member countries at a summit on Dec. 18 discussed the issue of financial assistance for Ukraine.
WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund said on Dec. 19 it had productive discussions with officials in Ukraine this week, but failed to reach an agreement that would pave the way for Kyiv to receive its next bailout tranche next month.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission which visited Kyiv on December 9-18 held productive technical discussions with the new economic team of the Ukrainian government and with the National Bank and is expected to return to Kyiv to continue the policy discussion in January 2015.
Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski believes that at the moment there is no prerequisite for Ukraine's application for a membership in the European Union.
Denmark has ratified the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has said.
Ukraine and the European Union must move to a new level of relationship, in particular regarding the reforms Ukraine is to implement, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expects to complete all preparatory steps for liberalizing visa regulations with the European Union before the EU and Eastern Partnership summit in Riga planned in the first half of 2015.
BRUSSELS - Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has said that the EU might grant both Georgians and Ukrainians visa-free access to the EU's Schengen zone next year. Rinkevics, whose country takes over the EU's rotating presidency in January 2015, told RFE/RL on December 16 that both Ukraine and Georgia had a chance to get visa liberalization at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga in May next year.
BRUSSELS - The EU and the Government of Ukraine agreed to continue to work together towards Ukraine's political association and economic integration with the EU.
Ukraine passed two milestones this month. The first was the inauguration of a new government; a reformist, pro-European administration that aims to reverse the country’s fortunes. The second was being named the most corrupt country in Europe.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin and Managing Director for Energy and Natural Resources of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Riccardo Puliti have signed a credit agreement worth EUR 150 million, the funds from which will be sent to modernize the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline, reported the press service of public joint-stock company Ukrtransgaz.
The rate of growth of Ukrainian exports to the EU has began to fall, as the ability of Ukrainian businesses to fully utilize the preferential trade deal with the EU has been exhausted, the Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Piatnytsky said at a conference entitled "Ukraine's Trade Policy: Vision of Future"
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande urged Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko on Sunday to press ahead with reforms to facilitate an economic recovery and access to foreign aid.