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Introductory remarks by President Donald Tusk at the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv

Conseil européen
  • 13/07/2017
  • 10:30
  • Déclaration et observations
  • 465/17
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13/07/2017
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Together we have achieved a lot, but we are still only halfway down the road. I am convinced that if you continue to be as determined, as courageous and as consistent as you were back then in Independence Square (Maidan), as you were during the battle for Ukraine's integrity, if you can withstand the burden of reforms and not give up, then you will reach your dreams and goals. As your friend, I will afford myself one remark.

Today I can see clearly that you will not be defeated by an external enemy. You are too strong. You can only be defeated by yourselves. This is why you need to keep your unity at any cost, and avoid internal conflicts like the plague. I always repeated this to my compatriots when I was Prime Minister of Poland, I repeat this now to the whole of Europe: only united can we overcome the challenges of modern times. There is nothing worse than the break-up of a community in the face of modern-day threats.

Democracy is about differences of opinion and competition, but also about permanent looking for consensus. Therefore, your most important task should be to build a modern state that is citizen-friendly, resistant to corruption, respectful of the highest standards of public life. If you pass also this exam, nothing and no-one will defeat you.

(delivered in Ukrainian)