Ukraine should work in a fully-fledged manner with partners both from Europe and from the Customs Union’s countries, however, the integration with CU is objectively more beneficial for Ukraine said Kairat Kelimbetov, the Vice Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, at the session “Ukraine, East, West?” in the framework of the 9th Annual Yalta Meeting of YES.
It is very important for Ukraine to define what interstate associations it supposes to integrate into. Otherwise, sooner or later it may find itself in international isolation. This idea was suggested at the session “Ukraine, East, West?” at the 9th Annual Yalta Meeting of YES by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt.
Ukraine is committed to its European integration aspirations despite political problems standing in the country’s way to the EU. This statement was expressed the First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky during the session “UEW 2012 (Ukraine, East, West? Version 2012)” at the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting.
The energy sector should unite, but not divide the world. All decisions made in the energy sector should be holistic that is account for the entire set of consequences the decision implementation would entail said Matthias Bichsel, Executive Committee Member of SHELL speaking at the energy session at the 9th Annual Meeting of YES.
Europe should strive not to the world domination, but to the world collaboration. This idea was voiced by Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of the Upper House of the Parliament of India at the session on “The Future of Europe” at the 9th Annual Yalta Meeting of YES.
EU enlargement has played a unique and historic role. But currently this process is not at the top of the European agenda, unlike the issue of creating the European Monetary Union, stated Niall Ferguson, historian and Harvard professor, in the debate on the future of Europe at the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting of YES.
Enlargement of the European Union would help to address the current economic problems in Europe. This opinion was voiced out by Egemen Bagis, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey, at the session on “The Future of Europe” at the 9th Annual Meeting of YES.
Europe's current problems can be solved by improving decision-making in the EU and through more active involvement of the EU in global cooperation, said Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of Great Britain (2007-2010), addressing the audience in the course of the discussion “The Future of Europe” at the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting.
Ukraine has managed to overcome the most critical consequences of the 2008 global economic crisis thanks to the nonstandard approaches to management of the economy. This idea was voiced out by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov in his speech at the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting of YES.