EU will step up efforts to provide necessary vaccines to Ukraine

Von der Leyen and Zelenskyy discussed by phone a broad range of topics

Photo: EU Ursula von der Leyen.

EC President Ursula von der Leyen and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke over the phone on Thursday and agreed on the need to step up efforts to provide the necessary vaccines to Ukraine. They talked on the prospects of establishing the EU vaccine sharing mechanism and appreciated the role of COVAX, to which the EU significantly contributes.

They discussed Ukraine's and EU's efforts in fighting the coronavirus and its social and economic consequences, ongoing reform efforts in Ukraine and joint work to tackle the continued destabilising actions by Russia, and strong EU support for Ukraine continues in all these areas, a joint statement reads.

They agreed to continue working together in order to ensure a mutual recognition of digital certificates to resume non-essential travel for the Ukrainian and EU citizens.

They exchanged views on the situation in the east of Ukraine and reaffirmed the commitment to the full implementation of Minsk Agreements and to the Normandy Format as well as the EU's strong support for Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.  

The leaders discussed the launch of the Crimean Platform and agreed on cooperation in its framework.

Von der Leyen and Zelenskyy recalled the joint commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU.

They welcomed Ukraine's efforts to realise its European aspirations including through continued close cooperation to strengthen the rule of law and advance reforms.

The Presidents noted the progress in the implementation the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and looked forward to starting the consultations on the review of trade liberalisation for goods under DCFTA.

They also welcomed the progress achieved towards the second tranche of the macro financial assistance, with more work still to be done, notably in the area of judiciary reforms and fight against corruption.

Both Presidents confirmed their readiness to finalise technical procedures for the signature of the  Common Aviation Area Agreement as soon as possible.

They also discussed Ukraine's interest to be involved in the European Green Deal and EU's assistance in this regard.

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