President Poroshenko at Eastern Partnership Summit: Ukraine aims to join EU’s four unions

President Poroshenko at Eastern Partnership Summit: Ukraine aims to join EU’s four unions

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Ukraine currently aims to join the EU’s Energy Union, Digital Single Market, Customs Union and association with the Schengen area.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said this while delivering a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Partnership Summit, the press service of the Head of State reports.

"[Ukraine] is looking (first and foremost) at so-called ‘Four Unions’ – Energy Union; Digital Single Market; Customs Union and association with the Schengen area. We want more Europe in Ukraine. These four paths seem to be the right way for now," Poroshenko said

The President stressed that the Eastern Partnership should not be considered a way to prevent the countries of the region from aspiring EU membership.

According to Poroshenko, as long as the EU is an etalon of success – nations will want to be a part of it.

"The European Union should defend itself from those who defy it – not from those who look at it with hope and admiration," the President of Ukraine said.

In this regard, he called on the leaders of the EU member states to build the EU-Ukraine partnership on the basis of "smart differentiation, not rigid uniformity; common values, not technocratic short-sightedness; and brave ambitions, not clumsy excuses."

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