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Speech by Federica Mogherini at the European Parliament Plenary debate on eastern neighbourhood developments

EU Parliament: Federica Mogherini in her speech at European Parliament on 27th of November outlined the most important developments concerning eastern partnership:” We have become closer as the European Union to all six of our Eastern Partners, in different ways, and I believe we have managed to improve the situation of each and every one of them through this partnership even if – obviously – challenges remain. “

Talking about Ukraine Federica Mogherini noted progress in a visa-free regime that allowed Ukrainian citizens to travel to the European Union without a visa, when they come for business, for tourism or to visit family. She also mentioned good progress in trade, energy, connectivity or the digital sphere.

One of the urgent and important changes that should be adopted and implemented in the nearest future is the situation in the fields of the rule of law, judiciary or fighting corruption. She said: Ukraine has faced unparalleled challenges, with Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Since 2014 we have put together for Ukraine the biggest support package in the history of the European Union. We have invested more in Ukraine than in any other country in the world, and no other partner has invested in Ukraine as much as we have done.”

According to Federica Mogherini situation and events that happened in the past have led to some very important, tangible results. Ukraine today is a stronger, more resilient country than it used to be. The new government has taken a bold approach to reforms as the people of Ukraine expect substantial change in the rule of law, the fight against corruption and the prosecution of the bank fraud.

In recent months, positive developments have also materialized on the security side – mainly thanks to Ukraine’s constructive approach. The Normandy 4 Summit of 9 December is now an opportunity for substantial progress.

Ukraine is not the only country that are suported by theEastern partnership family. Federica Mogherini emphasized: “Our priorities are the same as those of our friends in the Eastern Partnership countries, be it security, good jobs, good governance, or institutions that they can trust and rely on.”