16:39 Nov. 23, 2016
President Poroshenko and EU top officials to discuss tomorrow key deals and reforms in Ukraine
The 18th EU-Ukraine summit, set to take place tomorrow, November 24 in Brussels, will be ‘strategic and unusual', according to the head of the Poroshenko administration, Kostiantyn Yeliseyev.
Kyiv has high hopes for strengthening the bonds with the EU and finalize the key agreements at the long-awaited Ukraine summit, which has already been postponed two times.
‘It'll be strategic from the point of view that we have to approve the strategic decision on the EU-Ukraine association agreement', Yeliseyev said, adding there will also be discussions on the visa liberalization issue.
According to the press release on the European Council website, visa liberalization and reforms will top the agenda of the participants.
‘The summit will be an occasion to welcome recent steps towards visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens', the press release says.
Ukraine has repeatedly said it has met all the criteria needed for the free-travel deal with Europe, which recently made another step towards approving the agreement.
However, the EU, has also announced the visa liberalization will arrive as soon as the quick suspension mechanism is adopted. When it will happen, isn't exactly clear.
Kyiv and Brussels are also going to sign a series of other cooperation deals at the summit amid Europe's vows to continue its support for Ukraine's independence and sovereignty.
‘Several agreements will be signed – in the energy field, fight against corruption, cooperation with Europol and EU's further support of SMM OSCE', the European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.
The Minsk agreements are also expected to be high on the summit's agenda. Yeliseyev points out there will be talks on the implementation of the Minsk deal, which has been criticized by all sides of the peace talks for the lack of real progress. The participants are also expected to touch upon the situation in Moldova and Georgia.
Ukraine Today will provide updates as the event unfolds.