Optimism at the summit
During the plenary session of the XIX summit Ukraine-European Union EU leaders and Ukraine had fun, joked and showed a mutual affection and optimism. But not without critical statements. So, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker urged Kiev to accelerate and intensify the fight against corruption, "which is important for the citizens". However, he said that Brussels has agreed to waive the requirement for the creation in Ukraine of an anti-corruption court and supported the creation instead of the Supreme court of Ukraine specialized anti-corruption chamber.
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, in turn, expressed support for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the reflection of the Russian aggression in Donbas and stated that the EU condemns and will not recognize illegal annexation by Moscow of Crimea. He confirmed the extension of European economic sanctions against the Kremlin and called for the release of all political prisoners in Russia and in the Crimea.
During the summit, EU leaders announced the intention to allocate to Ukraine of 200 million euros to support front-line areas of Donbass, energy efficiency programme, public Finance management, support to key reforms and implementation of the Association agreement. After submission in April the second tranche of macro-financial assistance European 600 million euros, the EU requires from Kyiv acceleration of structural reforms, the adoption of laws in the energy and financial sectors, the abolition of the ban on timber exports, high tariffs on exports of scrap metal and ensure that internally displaced persons social assistance.
Loud statements Poroshenko
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that this summit "will go down in history as the summit bezveza and Association." At the final briefing with Juncker and Tusk, he announced the intention of the European gas transmission operators to join the joint modernization and operation of Ukrainian gas transportation system and underground gas storage facilities, and also announced next year's conference on the prospects for their use. Poroshenko called for the abolition of roaming international telephone services between Ukraine and EU countries. He also said that Ukraine plans to join the customs Union with the EU, to integrate into the Schengen area, to become part of the digital market and the Energy Union.
Poroshenko called for "defining the new strategic future" for Kiev from Brussels. "I want to confirm that this is the main document that describes the cooperation between Ukraine and the EU Association agreement. All statements that satisfy Ukraine, which satisfy the EU are reflected in this document, which was finally ratified and a few weeks will take effect. Ukraine will not go to any compromises on our European plans, as recorded in the Association agreement ", — said Poroshenko.
The scandal surrounding the outcome
These words were his response to the disappointment of journalists and politicians to the fact that at the end of the XIX summit Ukraine-EU was not signed any joint documents. Diplomatic sources leaked information that in the last moment the parties agree on only one sentence in the text of the document drafted, which States on the recognition of Ukraine's aspirations to EU membership. This proposal, according to diplomats, is an exact copy from the preamble of the Association agreement, but these words supposedly called "resistance the Netherlands and some other EU countries".
Deputy Chairman of the largest opposition faction in the Verkhovna Rada from the party "Batkivshchyna" Serhiy Sobolev called the failure of the signing of the final document of the summit a failure of the Ukrainian diplomacy. "But both sides are to blame, because such documents must be prepared and agreed to a dispute may arise during the meeting and then only talking about it the whole world," said DW MP. His colleagues from Pro-government factions avoided commenting on the results of the summit, referring to employment and the need for more in-depth study of meeting materials.
In contrast, independent experts did not hide his skepticism. "There was a meeting, but it did not happen event. Good news is that both sides patiently heard each other: the European Union has heard the big promises of Kiev and Kiev strongly demonstrated their desire to be in the EU" — said DW Kiev political analyst Viktor Nebozhenko. In turn, political scientist Alexander Maslak believes that the reason for non-signing of the common document at the summit was the fact that neither Juncker nor Tusk actually are not the policy makers of the European Union. "The real policy of the EU held in Berlin and Paris, which still determine your further attitude to Ukraine", — said the expert.