The Council of Europe Group on Democracy has accepted a decision to approve a report on medium-term progress in implementing the COE Action Plan for Ukraine for 2018-2021 and extend it until the end of 2022. The Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the Council of Europe announced this on its Facebook page.

“The meeting was focused, in general, on the Plan’s goals fulfilment and the sustainable progress importance in its further implementation, despite the obstacles both associated with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and caused by the COWID-19 pandemic,” the statement said.

The Council of Europe General Directorate under the COE office in Ukraine support coordinates the Plan implementation. The donors provide its implementation funding.

The Ambassador of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Borys Tarasyuk thanked the international organization representatives for the support and the donors. Among the biggest of them are the European Union, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Poland, Turkey, Estonia, Latvia and Romania and the Human Rights Trust Fund (United Kingdom, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Finland, Switzerland).

Let’s remind, that the Council of the European Union approved the conclusions on the policy towards the Eastern Partnership countries for the period after 2020 on May 11. They plan to expand trade and continue rapprochement with these countries, including Ukraine.

On Friday, June 19, The European Parliament called on the deeper integration with the Eastern Partnership countries and the creation of joint economic space between the EU and the six states. It accepted the relevant resolution, which, in particular, states that the Eastern Partnership policy can “promote the gradual integration process into the European Union”, notwithstanding the Eastern Partnership framework does not call for an accession to the EU.

Bohdan Marusyak

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