published: 21.10.2013, 12:20 | updated: 21.10.2013 16:10:25
Kiev - Czech President Milos Zeman would like Ukraine to sign EU association agreement at the Eastern Partnership´s summit in Vilnius in November, he said in a joint statement with the Ukrainian president today, adding that Prague will back Kiev´s effort to have EU visa lifted for Ukrainians.
Kiev should use the time before the Vilnius summit to introduce further necessary reforms, Zeman said in the statement prepared for his and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych´s meeting, the text of which has been released to CTK.
Kiev and Prague hope that the approximation of Ukraine and the EU, mainly the creation of a free trade zone, will help improve Czech-Ukrainian trade and raise the share of Czech investments in eastern Europe.
Zeman has asked Yanukovych for help with the acquisition of a new seat of the Czech embassy in Kiev, whose present premises are unsuitable, according to the diplomats.
Various Czech institutions have seats in different places in Kiev and new headquarters could enable them to concentrate in one place.
According to CTK´s information, Prague is eyeing a building in which Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, who later became the first president of Czechoslovakia, stayed during World War One.
Yanukovych asked Zeman to help facilitate the visa regime for Ukrainian entrepreneurs who want to operate in the Czech Republic.
Zeman and Yanukovych also agreed on the need to establish more consulates to enhance cooperation between the two countries´ regions.
In 2012, Ukrainian daily Korrespondent named the Czech Republic among the EU countries with the least-friendly visa policy towards Ukrainians.
Zeman is paying a three-day visit to Ukraine at the invitation of Yanukovych.
Earlier this year, Zeman said he wants his visit to Ukraine to support the approximation of the EU with Kiev.
The EU´s condition for signing an association agreement with Ukraine is the releasing of imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year sentence for alleged abuse of power. She suffers from health troubles and the Ukrainian opposition demands her release for medical treatment in Germany.
Zeman criticised the conditions in which Tymoshenko stays in prison in a discussion with German President Joachim Gauck in Berlin earlier this year.
Agreements on the prevention of double-taxation, return of illegal migrants, care for war graves and certification of defence industry products were signed at the Zeman-Yanukovych meeting today.
2013 is the 20th anniversary of the launch of diplomatic relations between the independent Czech Republic and independent Ukraine.
Later today, Zeman is scheduled to meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarev and parliament chairman Volodymyr Rybak.
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