The Board of Yalta European Strategy held meetings in Kyiv with the leadership of Ukraine and political leaders

The Board of Yalta European Strategy held meetings in Kyiv with the leadership of Ukraine and political leaders
19 March 2013

On March 18-19, 2013 the Board of Yalta European Strategy (YES) visited Kyiv to discuss Ukraine's development and relations with its neighbors.

During the visit the board met with President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, leader of the "United Opposition" Arseniy Yatseniuk, leader of UDAR party Vitali Klitschko, Head of the Committee of European Integration of the Parliament of Ukraine Grigoriy Nemyria, as well as with Ambassadors of EU countries.

The YES Board members attending the meetings included President of Poland (1995-2005) Aleksander Kwasniewski, Chairman of the Board; Mario David, MEP, Vice-President of the European People's Party; Victor Pinchuk, Founder of Yalta European Strategy; Jean-Pierre Saltiel, President Rothschild Сonseil International (1998-2004); Marek Siwiec, MEP and Alexander Rahr, Senior Advisor, Wintershall Holding, Research Director, German-Russian Forum.

According to Viktor Yanukovych, strengthening of the rule of law and judicial independence remain unchanged priorities for Ukraine. "I am pleased to note that Mr. Kwasniewski is very much involved in this process. Our active collaboration is rich in content. Promotion of Ukraine’ s European integration on the part of Yalta European Strategy is very significant, and we appreciate it," he said. The President has also added that every year, during Yalta European Strategy Annual Meetings, Ukraine step by step gets closer to its goal - integration into the EU.

"YES is a platform to contribute to enabling political dialog," said Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES. "As an independent non-governmental network with a strong tradition of high level international contacts, we want to contribute our share to open and constructive discussions also about difficult issues."

Mario David, MEP, Vice President of the European Peoples' Party and member of the Board of YES, added: "We believe that current challenges and difficult questions need to be discussed and at the same time we need to develop our vision for a mid- and long term strategy for Wider Europe and the important role of Ukraine in this."

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Muhammad Yunus
Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 2006; Founder, Grameen Bank; Chairman, Yunus Centre , 9th YES Annual Meeting, 2012
«Poverty is not created by the poor. Poverty is externally imposed on them. Poverty is created by the system that we built…Poverty should be in a museum, not in human society»