Following the signature by both EU legislators, European Parliament and the Council, the EU’s additional trade concessions for Ukraine will be available as from 1 October 2017.
"There is now a real chance to heal the open wound in the EU on migration policy," said Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, after today's ruling by the EU Court of Justice. "We expect all EU Member States to respect the ruling and implement it."
MEPs will discuss the latest developments in the EU Commission probe into the respect of the rule of law in Poland with Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
“This is the next sign, after the visa liberalisation, that the European Union wants a pro-European Ukraine and will facilitate this difficult path”, said Jarosław Wałęsa MEP commenting on today’s vote granting Ukraine temporary additional access to trade-facilitating measures with the EU. “The EPP Group has always supported the efforts of Ukraine, now it is time to demonstrate it in concrete terms”, he declared.
The EPP Group today recalled that the new agreement between the EU and Cuba on the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement should contribute to the improvement of the situation and respect for human rights and must lead to a democratic transition in this country.
The EU must offer more trade concessions to Ukraine, but a number of agricultural products need less support, according to a recent deal with EU ministers.