Through 15-16 December, a Ukrainian
delegation led by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk is paying a
working visit to Brussels to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Association
Council of Ukraine and the European Union.
This is the first
meeting of this body, which was established in compliance with the provisions
of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The EU delegation will
be headed by Vice-President of the European Commission, EU High Representative for
Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
The event will concern,
in particular, issues of joint counteraction to the Russian aggression in the
East of Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea, the support by the
European Union of the programme of reforming of the Ukrainian Government and
the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, progress in the
implementation by Ukraine of the conditions to introduce a visa-free regime
with the EU and energy security issues.
delegation includes Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Aivaras Abromavicius, Minister of
Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Justice of
Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine Natalia Yaresko, Chairman of the Naftogaz of Ukraine Board Andrii Kobolev, Director of the
Government Office for European Integration of the Secretariat of the Cabinet of
Ministers of Ukraine Natalia Gnydiuk.
The programme of the
visit to Brussels also envisages meetings of Arseniy Yatsenyuk with President
of the European Council Donald Tusk and NATO Secretary General Jens
The Head of Ukrainian
Government will speak at a conference of the European Policy Centre dedicated
to the priorities of the new Cabinet of Ministers.
It is expected that
in the framework of the visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Brussels there will
take place signing of a Loan agreement (Ukraine: modernization of the main gas
pipeline "Urengoy - Pomary
- Uzhgorod”) between Ukraine and the European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development. This document envisages attraction of funds
worth up to USD 200 million for the reconstruction and modernization of the
national gas transmission system.