I’ve kept saying that the agreement
would be a win-win solution and would launch a new era of economic reform for
It would help to improve the business
climate, increase investment and to address the serious macroeconomic
challenges facing the country. I’ve sincerely hoped that the EU and Ukraine
would complete preparations for the deal to be signed at the Vilnius Summit on
And indeed, a lot of work has
been done and we all acknowledge the determination of the Ukrainian government
and political forces to pave the way for the association agreement. On Sept.
18, the Ukrainian government unanimously supported the agreement with the EU,
signalling its readiness to close the deal in Vilnius. Indeed, opinion polls
show that a majority of Ukrainians are already convinced of the benefits of the
deal for Ukraine.