me this is a passion, but it is one I share with many in Ukraine, and
I know in the European Union, too. It has not been an easy time for
those of us who hold this passion – everyone knows we have had
difficult conversations over the last two years about the state of
reforms in Ukraine, and about the commitment to international norms,
particularly in the area of justice. These challenges have not gone
have never for a moment given up my hope and belief in Ukraine’s
European future, and my desire to share that belief with citizens in
both the EU and Ukraine.
year we took a dramatic step towards defining what that future could
look like. Ukraine and the EU have, after five years, completed
negotiations of an Association Agreement including a Deep and
Comprehensive Free Trade Area. This is one of the most complex and
ambitious agreements ever prepared by the EU with a third country: it
is unprecedented in terms of the areas it covers and the clarity of
the goals which it sets for our partnership.