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On Monday, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu decided to send the Bills on the ratification of the association agreements between the European Union (EU) and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to the plenary assembly of the Riigikogu for the first reading. The first reading will be held on Wednesday, 15 October.

“Estonia supports the integration of those countries with the legal and economic space of the European Union. The association and free trade agreements are of crucial importance to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine in guaranteeing their sovereignty and democratic path of development,” the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson said.

Mihkelson added that Estonia and other Member States of the EU are in every way ready to support and contribute to the reform plans of the three countries that are necessary for the ratification of the clauses of the association agreements as quickly as possible. “The situation in Ukraine is naturally very complicated because in addition to ambitious reforms, Kiev has to preserve sovereign control over its territory,” Mihkelson explained. 

By the resolution the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu passed today, the first reading of the Bill on the Ratification of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and Their Member States, of the One Part, and Georgia, of the Other Part (705 SE), the Bill on the Ratification of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and Their Member States, of the One Part, and the Republic of Moldova, of the Other Part (706 SE) and the Bill on the Ratification of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and Their Member States, of the One Part, and Ukraine, of the Other Part (714 SE) will take place in the plenary assembly of the Riigikogu next Wednesday.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Paet also attended the sitting of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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