Signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is only the beginning of the journey - Arseniy Yatsenyuk

21 September 2013

The Vilnius Summit in November, at which Ukraine and the European Union may sign their Association Agreement is only the beginning of the journey.  After that  the country will need to prove its capacity to fulfill its new obligations, and the government will need to contain results-oriented people, stated Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk  (“Batkivshchyna” faction).

The Vilnius Summit in November, at which Ukraine and the European Union may sign their Association Agreement is only the beginning of the journey.  After that  the country will need to prove its capacity to fulfill its new obligations, and the government will need to contain results-oriented people, stated Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk  (“Batkivshchyna” faction).

“We foresee very serious and difficult negotiations, but after the Agreement is signed we will need to continue to work hard. We need appropriate, accountable and clever governance. It is very important to have people in government who are capable of generating results and transforming our country”, said Yatsenyuk at the 10th Annual Meeting of YES “Changing Ukraine in a Changing World: Factors of Success” on Saturday, in the Livadia Palace, Yalta.

According to the MP, Ukraine is ready to beging a new chapter in its relations with Russia – free of being terrorized, free of threats, with a normal import/export relationship, but only providing the three “Nos” are complied with: “No – to the Customs Union, No – to the Russian language being the national language (ofn Ukraine), and No – to the formation of military blocs with Russia”.

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Yalta European Strategy (YES) is the largest social institution of public diplomacy in Eastern Europe, providing an open and equal dialogue on global issues affecting the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and other countries. This non-partisan organisation was established in 2004 by the Ukrainian businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk.

The YES Annual Meetings held in Yalta’s Livadia Palace have become an open platform to discuss and look for new ideas and views on paths to European, Ukrainian and global development. Every year these meetings bring together over 200 politicians, diplomats, statesmen, journalists, analysts and business leaders from more than 20 countries.  The dialogue on global challenges broadens the vision on the situation inside Ukraine and the prospects for the country’s development in the modern world. It is also an incentive to find common ground between countries, common interests and values.

At the YES Annual Meetings the world's top opinion leaders present their visions of current and future trends which impact all spheres of life of society. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 the events were opened by Presidents Viktor Yanukovych, Bronislaw Komorowski, Shimon Peres and Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. YES Annual Meetings key speakers have included Mykola Azarov, Kofi Annan, Egemen Bagis, Carl Bildt, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Branson, James Wolfensohn, Newt Gingrich, Herman Gref, Arkadiy Dvorkovich,  Robert Zoellick, Bill Clinton, Paul Krugman, Alexei Kudrin, Leonid Kuchma, Yuri Milner, Condoleezza Rice, Lawrence Summers, Radoslaw Sikorski, Javier Solana, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Shashi Tharoor, Strobe Talbott, Niall Ferguson, Vladimir Filat, Joschka Fischer, Stefan Fule, Gerhard Schroeder, Muhammad Yunus and many others.

Official website: www.yes-ukraine.org

Victor Pinchuk Foundation is an international, private and non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine. It was established in 2006 by businessman and public figure Victor Pinchuk. Its goal is to empower future generations to become the change-makers of tomorrow. To achieve this, projects are developed and partnerships are built in Ukraine and worldwide.

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The projects of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation include, among others: the network of neonatal centers Cradles of Hope, the largest private scholarship programme in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA, the WorldWideStudies scholarship programme for Ukrainian students studying abroad, the centre for contemporary art PinchukArtCentre with its biannual prizes Future Generation Art Prize and PinchukArtCentre Prize. The foundation also hosts the Davos Philanthropic Roundtable and Davos Ukrainian Lunch organized each year at the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum and supports the international network YES (Yalta European Strategy) to foster Ukraine’s European and global integration, as well as a startup online platform for fostering philanthropy in Ukraine, the Philanthropic Marketplace. The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum. It cooperates with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Peres Center for Peace, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, and other nongovernmental organizations.

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Egemen Bagis, Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey , 9th Yalta Annual Meeting, 2012
«The most important formula for the EU’s success is now being blamed for all its problems – enlargement»