Ukraine to advance European integration this year: speaker

11:00, March 23, 2011      

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Senior Ukrainian parliamentarians expressed confidence here Tuesday that the country's bid for European integration could be greatly advanced in the second half of this year.

"We are hoping that during the Polish presidency of the EU we will make progress on our way to Europe, with the help of our friends from Poland and Lithuania," Parliament Speaker Vladimir Lytvyn said during the fourth meeting of the Trilateral Parliamentary Assembly of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, being held here.

Lytvyn said Ukraine hoped to continue talks with the European Union (EU) on the creation of a free trade area, saying he was sure the dialogue would be successful.

Minister of Economic Development and Trade Andrey Kliuyev said Ukraine had intensified the negotiations process. It remained only to discuss issues relating to export and import quotas on agricultural products and various goods and services.

"There are no unsolvable problems. I believe that before the end of the year we will sign documents on free trade and visa-free regime," Kliuyev said.

Kliuyev has assured guests from European countries that Ukraine would continue reforms. The Parliament will receive consideration for a number of related bills in April.

The meeting, held in the Ukrainian Parliament hall, involved Lytvyn, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Irena Degutiene and Bogdan Borusewicz, Marshal of the Senate of Poland.

Source: Xinhua
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