The EU and Ukraine to intensify and expand cooperation in the struggle against corruption
OREANDA-NEWS. In the presence of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, a series of bilateral documents on cooperation between Ukraine and the EU have been signed.
The Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Energy Partnership between Ukraine and the European Union jointly with the European Atomic Energy Community has been signed by Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk and Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maro? ?ef?ovi?.
Ukraine and the EU have concluded the Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Cooperation on December 1, 2005. The document laid out fundamental principles of cooperation over the past 10 years. However, the Ukraine-EU relations have been drastically changed, particularly Ukraine acceded to the Treaty on the Establishment of the Energy Community in 2011 and signed the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement in 2014. The reformation of the energy sector and harmonization of Ukrainian legislation under the undertaken international obligations also take place.
Thus, there was a necessity to renew the Memorandum and actualize strategic goals and vectors of cooperation. The Memorandum signed provides for the expansion of cooperation on the enhancement of energy security on the basis of the principle of solidarity and trust; ensures full integration of energy markets of Ukraine and the EU, as well as implementation of the Third Energy Package of the EU; increases energy efficiency in all spheres of energy consumption; reduces greenhouse gas emissions; promotes the use and development of renewable sources of energy, etc.
Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze and EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn signed the Agreement on Funding the Event “Anti-Corruption Initiative of the EU in Ukraine”.
The Agreement is based on the results of implementation of the EU Visa Liberalization Action Plan, fulfillment of the Contract for Ukraine on State Development, EU Project “Support of Reforms in the Sphere Justice”, implementation of the Framework Cooperation Program between the EU and the European Council for the Eastern Partnership countries for 2014-2017 and the activity of the EU Consultative Mission on Reformation of the Civil Security Sector.