Therefore, in the context
of further implementation of the EU Global Strategy and the role and
contribution of Ukraine into it, the following recommendations can be
The EU should identify specific
structures responsible for implementation of the EU Global Strategy like the EU
Military Planning Conduct and Capability facility, and the last one should be
gradually turned into a full-fledged EU military headquarters, which interacts
In evaluating results of the
first and following years of implementation of the EU Global Strategy and
perspectives for further realization of its priorities, views, evaluations,
capabilities and contributions of partner countries, including Ukraine, have to
be taken into account.
Capabilities of the EU Battlegroups should be strengthened while
gradually turning them into real rapid response units and involving military
units from the partner states to their activities.
and threats from the East to the European security should be clearly identified
and documented, and a mechanism to neutralize and counteract them should be
developed with active involvement of Ukraine and other partner countries.
Attention to the Black Sea
region with a key focus on reducing its militarization, keeping balance of
forces, implementing the EU plans to build energy and transport infrastructure,
protecting human rights and rights of national minorities, particularly in the
Ukraine has to consistently
support the EU policies, where it is in the national interests, respect the
European values and become a leader of the European integration in the Eastern
Partnership and the Black Sea regions that will be a sign of the success of the
EU Global Strategy in the East.
Attention should be focused
on growing support of Ukraine in confronting Russia’s aggression and providing
it with financial and technical support to address problems of temporary
displaced persons and residents of the conflict zone to prevent flows of
refugees from Ukraine.
In the field of energy
integration parties should adhere to the Association Agreement, taking into
account primacy of the interests of Ukraine as an associate partner of the EU
in comparison with third countries, which do not have such a status.
Together with Ukraine the EU should clearly define goals of further
relations, which might be: in the medium term period – partnership relations on
the model of Switzerland and Norway; in the long time period – the possibility
of membership in the EU.
In the context of preparations
for the 5th Summit of the Eastern Partnership it is desirable to consider new
initiatives: creation of an intergovernmental platform on security issues and a
Cybersecurity center of the EaP; integration of transport and energy
infrastructure with a focus on the project of a transport corridor linking
Baltic, Black and Caspian Seas; spread of free trade area for the entire region
of the Eastern Partnership; and involve experts and NGOs from partner countries
to discuss these and new initiatives.
The mandate of the EU Advisory Mission Ukraine should be extended
and include issues of critical infrastructure protection, information security,
human security in conditions of the conflict, countering illegal migration and
terrorism, civil society control over the security sector.
In order to develop the EU-Ukraine military cooperation it is
desired to initiate participation of Ukrainian specialists and units,
especially with combat experience, in the EU missions and operations, and
integration of the Ukrainian defense industry into the EU common defense