Tuesday, December 13 2016 20:39 EET
Europe
Intense and unprecedented work under very difficult circumstances: EU highly praised Ukraine for implementation of reforms and marked a progress
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Ukraine has lately carried out unprecedented economic and political reforms, the European Union said in a report.

"Ukraine is carrying out intense and unprecedented reforms across its economy and political system, while its democratic institutions have been further revitalized," the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission said in a joint report published on Tuesday, which analyzes the implementation of the Association Agenda by Ukraine since January 1, 2015, Interfax-Ukraine reports. 

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini mentioned great progress Ukraine has made on the way of reforms, the European Commission said in a press release available on its website.

"Ukraine has taken big steps in the last two years, under very difficult circumstances, not least the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Today's report fully recognizes this work done by the Ukrainian authorities," Mogherini said in analyzing the report.

"It is now crucial to move from passing legislation and setting up institutions to full implementation of these reforms so that Ukrainian citizens can reap the benefits. Ukraine can count on the European Union's support moving forward," she said.

The report points out that Ukraine "has implemented a number of reforms to curb corruption and to clean up the banking system, and has embarked on ambitious energy reforms, as well as strengthened democracy and the rule of law."

The document points out that, in some other areas, such as privatization of state owned enterprises as well as the social and health sector, "reforms have advanced more slowly."

In the section dealing with economic development, "the report underlines the benefits brought to the EU and Ukraine since the start of the provisional application of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) in January 2016."

"The report also notes that Ukraine successfully met all benchmarks under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, which led to the European Commission's proposal to the Council and the European Parliament in April 2016 to lift visa obligations for Ukrainian citizens," it said.