Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko took part in the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Visegrad Group and Easters Partnership countries, which was held in Prague on March 5th, 2012. The meeting was attended by Denmark as the current Presidency of the European Union, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, as well as the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle.
The meeting was focused on preparation of a roadmap for the Eastern Partnership. Ministers exchanged views on further cooperation between the Visegrad Group, the Baltic States and the Eastern Partnership countries, including Ukraine. A special program to support the Eastern Partnership projects by the Visegrad Group was approved during the meeting.
Minister Gryshchenko presented in his speech a Ukrainian vision of the Eastern Partnership roadmap, which, according to the Minister, should play more substantial role in supporting of reforms undertaken by the partner states. Ukrainian Foreign Minister stressed that the principle of a renewed European Neighborhood Policy should also be helpful in implementation of the future Association Agreement and the Action Plan on visa liberalization between Ukraine and the EU. Minister Gryshchenko and the Foreign Ministers of the EU member-states present at the meeting confirmed their mutual intention to initial the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by the end of March 2012.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister held a number of bilateral meetings in Prague, namely with the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan, Estonia, as well as the Minister for Trade and Investments of Denmark.
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko also attended the ministerial meeting of GUAM member states.