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Charles Michel, Ursula von der Leyen to represent EU at Ukraine-EU summit

KYIV. Oct 8 (Interfax-Ukraine) – President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will represent the European Union (EU) at the Ukraine-EU summit to take place in Kyiv on October 12, the Council of the EU has reported.

"The 23rd summit between the European Union and Ukraine will be held in Kyiv on October 12, 2021. The EU will be represented by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. Ukraine will be represented by President Volodymyr Zelensky," the Council of the EU said on its website.

The summit will reaffirm the continued commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union, and the European Union’s unwavering support to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

More specifically, discussions will centre around the results achieved in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine association agreement and its deep and comprehensive free trade area (AA/DCFTA), as well as the next steps and further enhancement of economic integration (in the AA/DCFTA context) in different areas including climate, energy, telecommunications, connectivity, aviation, education and research.

Diplomatic efforts aimed at restoring Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, further strengthening of cooperation in countering hybrid threats and tackling disinformation and cooperation in tackling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the Eastern Partnership summit to be held in Brussels on December 15, will be also discussed.