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Four European Ambassadors Support Ukraine's Closer Association With EU

KYIV, Ukraine, November 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The four European Ambassadors to Ukraine expressed their support for closer association between Ukraine and the European Union. The Ambassadors with the help of the Ukrainian college students made their statements as a part of the Stronger Together information campaign implemented by Ukraine and the EU.  

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In the video pieces Simon Smith of Great Britain, Wolf Dietrich Heim of Austria, Alain Remy of France, and Dr. Christof Weil of Germany express their conviction of Ukraine being a European country and state the benefits for both Ukraine and the EU in case of deeper integration of the two.

"Ukraine is a part of Europe; it's a European country both geographically and culturally. Ukraine's closer association with the European Union is an opportunity to improve the business climate, to attract new investments and to compete at the world's largest free market," states Simon Smith, the British Ambassador to Ukraine since September 2012.

The Stronger Together information campaign was launched in September 2013. It was developed together by Ukraine and EU as to inform Ukraine's population about the content of the Association Agreement the parties plan to sign on November 28, 2013. The campaign also explains the processes within Ukraine's European integration and the peculiarities of the everyday life of the EU. The messages of the information campaign are delivered by European and Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, businessmen, artists, athletes, and other public figures and opinion leaders.

The campaign combines the efforts of Ukraine's government and society, providing useful EU-related information to various target groups: Ukrainian businessmen, students, researchers, civic activists, reads radiosvoboda.org.

"What is the importance of the agreement with the EU? This is the framework of national development strategies, where parliamentary democracy mechanisms are key, everyone's equality before the law and the impartiality of its application, enabling free economic activity of every person and a whole enterprise, small as well as large. It is equally important for people and securing the local governance. The focus is placed upon EU citizens, their rights and development conditions," commented the Head of the EU Delegation in Kyiv Jan Tombinski, as cited by RFE/RL, at the campaign launch.

SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine



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