Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today we gathered here to celebrate the event very important not only for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, but for Europe as a whole.
Aftermore thantwo decades of pace towards Europe, during which we have done tremendousamount of preparatorywork,overcame significant obstaclesand met seriouschallenges,three young sovereign states -Georgia, Moldova andUkraine-madea crucial step, approaching the fulfilment of their aim-full membership in thebig Europeanfamily.
As Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said about our country – “We, the people isolated from its great European Homeland, are coming home. Once and for all”.
I am deeply convincedthatintegration with Ukraine is beneficial for Europetoo.
Ukraine has a powerful resources, developed infrastructure and solid human capital. It is widely known for the achievements in high-tech fields such as space exploration, aviation, shipbuilding, energy, new materials. Ukrainian experts and scientists are known in many countries.
Very promising is the agricultural sector. Breadbasket of Europe, famous for its fertile black soil, Ukraine is among the world leaders in exports of grains and ranks first in Europe in terms of growing oilseeds.
Ukraine's transport infrastructuremakes our countrythe largestand the most convenientgatewayto Europefor many Asian countries, including China.Mostpan-Europeantransport corridorspassthrough the territoryof Ukraine. That is whyit was among the first tosupport theinitiative of the Presidentof Chinato build"the Silk Road Economic Belt" and is ready toengage actively into implementation ofthis ambitioustransnational project.
We believethat the benefitsand capabilitiesof Ukraine will help tofurther developand strenghentheEuropean community.
Politically and economicaly associated with the EU, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will forma bridgebetweenEast and West,the EUand Russia.We strive to bea platform fordialogue and cooperation, a joint link rather then a dividing wall. Nodoubts this positionis shared byour Chinesepartners.
Agreements oneconomic and politicalassociation, the establishment of free trade zone with the EUis only afirst, albeit important,steps towardsfull membershipin the EU.However this step has opened new opportunities formodernization,forpositive changes in our three countries.
Many severe trials and tribulations united Ukrainians, strengthened them as a nation. Ukrainian people together with the peoples of Georgia and Moldova confidently follow the path to their European future.
All we need now torealize ourambitious goal is peace, unity, harmonyandsolidarity.
Thank you for your attention.