Friday, May 29, 2009

President meets Speaker of Swedish Parliament

President Victor Yushchenko met with Per Westerberg, Speaker of the Riksdag (Parliament) of Sweden.

At the meeting sides have discussed parliamentary cooperation between Ukraine and Sweden, some questions of bilateral cooperation, Ukraine's aspiration to join the EU and Eastern Partnership project, etc.

President Yushchenko expressed hope that the second half of 2009, when Sweden will hold presidency in the EU, would be favorable for further development of Ukraine-EU relations. He said that Ukraine expects that the next Ukraine-EU Summit, to be held in Kyiv at the end of 2009, would be no less successful than the last one held in Prague on September 9, 2008.

It is important that all political agreements reached at the Prague Summit were fixed in future Association Agreement, Victor Yushchenko said, reminding also that Ukraine insists on the Agreement specifying conditions of introduction of visa-free travel between Ukraine and the EU.