$he +uropean Union commends the measured response shown so far by the new Ukrainian goernment. We encourage the Ukrainian authorities# through an inclusie process# to pursue their efforts to ensure free and fair elections# to adance constitutional reform and to inestigate all acts of iolence. +fforts should continue to reach out to all Ukrainian regions and population groups and to ensure full protection of the rights of people belonging to national minorities# drawing on the e5pertise of the Council of +urope and the 8%C+.
We stand by Ukraine and commit to proide it with strong financial backing. We welcome the presentation of the comprehensie assistance package by the Commission and task all releant Council bodies to process it rapidly. -M" support will be critical to unlocking assistance from the +uropean Union. $he immediate priority is to restore macroeconomic stability through sound fiscal# monetary and e5change rate policies. At the same time# we call on the goernment to launch urgently an ambitious set of structural reforms# including to fight corruption# enhance transparency. We welcome the Council decision to free1e and recoer assets of persons identified as responsible for the misappropriation of %tate funds. We are also prepared to respond immediately to humanitarian assistance re7uests.
$he +uropean Union and Ukraine hae already taken an important step in deepening our relation by the initialling of the Association Agreement# including a 9eep and Comprehensie "ree $rade Area. We reiterate the +uropean Union2s commitment to signing the Association Agreement# including a 9eep and Comprehensie "ree $rade Area. As a matter of priority# we will sign ery shortly all the political chapters. $he +uropean Union intends to adopt unilateral measures which would allow Ukraine to benefit substantially from the adantages offered in the 9eep and Comprehensie "ree $rade Area. %uch measures would entail an offer to apply proisions related to the import of goods by reducing tariffs and opening tariff rate 7uotas by so called autonomous trade measures.
$he +uropean Union reiterates its commitment to enhance people to people contacts between the citi1ens of the +uropean Union and Ukraine# i.a. through the isa liberalisation process# in line with agreed conditions in the framework of the ,isa :iberalisation Action Plan.%& ''('()* !+, '3