Svetlana Mytryayeva: Slovakia must become an example for Ukraine on the way to EU
The Director of the Regional Branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies in Uzhgorod Svitlana Mytryayeva was talking about the prospects of European integration cooperation:
- Currently, our country is experiencing major transformation processes, in particular those related to the selection of external vector of the development. We should not oppose the eastern and western vectors of development. Markets in Russia and Ukraine need each other. Therefore, the agreement on a free trade area with CIS, as well as the memorandum of cooperation with the Eurasian Commission was signed. In relations with the Customs Union, Ukraine focuses not only on trade but also on the intensive development of the real sector, cooperation in areas where there is a common interest - in engineering, aviation, metallurgy and so on.
Energy security is a key issue for Ukraine, which is closely associated with foreign collaboration. To support energy independence, we should develop a clear plan of cooperation with the European Union, in particular with the nearest neighbors, for example - Slovakia. Closer cooperation between Kyiv and Bratislava in the energy sector is one of the main priorities for Ukraine. And Transcarpathian region may play an important role in this process.
Analyzing the transitional adjustment in Slovakia, it should be noted that entry into the European community has brought significant bonuses for this small country. In particular, the doubling of economic performance, growing authority of the country as a member of the EU and the growth of GDP. In general, the transformation processes in Slovakia during the last two decades is a story of success, which now serves as an example for many countries that are still on the geopolitical and democratic crossroads, including Ukraine.
Today, Slovakia is one of the EU Member States that actively supports Ukraine's European integration steps. This was demonstrated during the meeting of the presidents of Poland and Slovakia Ivan Gasparovic and Bronislaw Komorowski with the President of Ukraine in Wisla. This is the format of relations that will help to achieve the compliance with European democratic standards in Ukraine.
Based on the regional branch of the National
Institute for Strategic Studies in Uzhgorod.