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Poland is ready to go into litigation with the European Commission on the reception of refugees
The Brussels assessment of the refusal by Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to accept refugees, as well as the possible subsequent punishment of these countries deepens the crisis in the EU. Warsaw does not agree to the forced distribution of refugees and is ready to defend its position in the EU court, as stated by the Polish Foreign Ministry in response to the decision of the European Commission.
"This decision distances us from preparing joint actions in the issue of migration policy …
Mogherini announces that the visa regime with Ukraine will be eased in the coming days
The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said that the European Union will ease the visa regime with Ukraine in the coming days.
"In a few days, we will announce an agreement on simplifying the visa regime with our Ukrainian friends," the head of EU diplomacy said at a meeting of the Security Council.
According to her, the EU “supports Eastern partners, strengthens their economies and state bodies, their resilience."
In addition, …
Poroshenko Expects Visa Free Regime with EU in Second Half of 2016
The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, expects that Ukraine will begin a visa-free agreement with the EU in the second half of 2016.
"On February 2nd, I will go to the Parliament to complete the adoption of the remaining five laws. We hope that Ukrainians will be able to go to Europe with only a Ukrainian passport-without a visa, without waiting-by the middle of the year," the President said in Vladimirtste.
The President stressed that nobody, including the people's deputies of Ukraine, …
In Meeting between Prime Ministers, Estonia Affirms Support for Ukraine
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, had a meeting with his Estonian colleague Taavi Rõivas. According to Glavnoye, the Ukrainian government's website states that Yatseniuk expressed his gratitude for the tangible assistance of Estonia towards Ukrainian internal reforms and for its firm position on defending the territorial integrity and security of Ukraine.
Nowadays, many new international threats and challenges arise, he said, and it is important that Ukraine remains the focus …
Dutch Prime Minister to Promote EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is on the agenda of the EU Dutch Presidency, said the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.
"We need this agreement. On the one hand, the agreement regulates the free trade zone. But at the same time, this agreement also addresses the stability at the borders of the European Union,” Rutte said while answering questions after the presentation of the Netherlands presidential program to the EU. …
Ukraine Prepares to Campaign for Association Agreement Vote in the Netherlands
Ukraine has developed an information campaign to convince the citizens of the Netherlands to support the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU during a referendum scheduled for April of this year.
Dmitry Kuleba, the Ambassador at Large for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided some details of the plan at a briefing in UCMC (Ukrainian Crisis Media Center).
Commenting on Ukraine's preparations for the campaign, he stated it was aimed at gaining a …
EU Presses Ukraine on Anti-Corruption and Judicial Reforms
After a session of the EU Council, at a meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on January 18th, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that the European Union expressed concern about the insufficient progress of Ukraine in carrying out reforms. Steinmeier noted that it is important for Ukraine to reform the justice system and put anti-corruption measures in place. According to him, these are the key steps to solving the economic problems in the country.
The High …
Ukraine Increases Gas Imports from Europe By 24 Percent
The spokesman of Ukrtransgaz Company, Maxim Belyavsky wrote on his Facebook page that Ukraine increased its daily volume of gas imports through Slovakia and Hungaryby 24% to 36%. This marks an increase of about 3 million cubic meters.
“On the 16th of January, Ukraine imported 36.3 million cubic meters from Europe. Of that amount, 34.9 million cubic meters were imported through the Slovak gas corridor,” Belyavsky wrote.
The spokesman of Ukrtransgaz Company noted that the previous day, 29.3 …
EU-Ukraine free trade agreement comes into force
The Free Trade Area between Ukraine and the European Union came into effect on Friday, January 1st. The accord is part of a broader EU Association Agreement that was signed in 2014, but the parties took a one-year pause on Russia's request for consultations with the country, which failed.
The agreement eliminates 97% of tariffs on Ukrainian goods and reduces the average tariff on Ukrainian exports from 7.6% to 0.5%, according to Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade.
The free …
Zakharchenko against EU peacekeeping mission in Donbas
The Head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, has opposed the creation of the European Union’s Special Mission for the observance of peace conditions in the Donbas.
"If the Press Service of Mr. Poroshenko is telling the truth and he indeed offered to organize the Special Mission of the European Union to keep peace, order and security in the Donbass region, then this is completely unacceptable," Zakharchenko said. The DPR Head claims that such actions …