One of the priorities in the work of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in 2017 will be continuing the efforts towards reforms in Ukraine and the cooperation with the countries of the Eastern Partnership (EaP), as stated in the list of objectives and priorities of the head of the European diplomacy for the year, which was posted on her website.
It is noted that the past year was a year of constant work in support of the reforms, economic growth, and peace and stability on the eastern borders of the EU. First in Ukraine, where significant joint efforts were undertaken for the country's reformation, the fight against corruption, and, of course, the efforts made towards the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements and an end to the conflict in the eastern part of the country.
"We have made important steps towards the liberalization of the visa policy with Ukraine and Georgia," Mogherini reminded.
In addition to Ukraine, the priorities listed by Mogherini include: a global strategy for the EU's foreign policy; addressing the questions of migration and cooperation with Africa; responses to terrorism and joint work for the future of Syria; EU security and defense; a partnership with Colombia; relations between Palestine and Israel; implementation of the agreement with Iran; the development of closer relations between the EU and the Balkan countries; the resumption of cooperation with Cuba; continuing close cooperation with the United States; and facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan.
Earlier Mogherini stated that the economic sanctions by the European Union against Russia will continue to be associated with the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, whatever the position of the future U.S. administration might be.