This is stated in the European Commission's Association Implementation Report on Ukraine published on Tuesday, Dec. 13, Censor.NET reports.
Overall, the report very much appreciates the progress of reforms in Ukraine. The document recalls the important steps taken by Ukraine under the Association Agreement. The report highlights country's anti-corruption efforts, restructuring of the banking and energy sectors, strengthening of democracy and the rule of law, passing of constitutional amendments related to the judiciary and decentralization.
"Ukraine has taken big steps in the last two years, under very difficult circumstances, not least the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. Today's report fully recognizes this work done by the Ukrainian authorities. It is now crucial to move from passing legislation and setting up institutions to full implementation of these reforms so that Ukrainian citizens can reap the benefits. Ukraine can count on the European Union's support moving forward," EU's High Representative Federica Mogherini said.
According to European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn, "Ukraine's reform efforts are bringing results... The European Union will continue to support Ukraine in these efforts, both politically and financially."
"Ukraine successfully met all benchmarks under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. In this context, the agreement reached on Dec. 7 between the Council and the European Parliament on the suspension mechanism paves the way for the conclusion of visa liberalization for Ukraine," the European Commission's press release notes.