Klitschko is a leader of the UDAR political party which he represents at the Assembly. In September 2013 UDAR has received a status of the EPP observer member party.
Today Klitschko talked about the future of the European project.He discussed Ukraine’s future with the President of the European Council Donald Tusk, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission on relations with Ukraine Elmar Brok and other European policy-makers.
“It is important for me to be here and together with my European colleagues discuss the challenges which we can solve only by making joint efforts,” remarked Klitschko, speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the Assembly. “It is very important for Ukraine to remain on radar of the current European agenda. The support of our partners against Russian aggression and tightening the sanctions against Russia is crucial for Ukraine. It was equally important to have your support as we progress in conducting vital reforms. Our number-one priority remains the same, to keep on track of becoming a member of the large European family,” stressed Vitali Klitschko.
This year the Assembly brought together over 2,000 participants, in particular heads of state and government from more than 40 countries. The Congress will elect a new EPP leadership. In particular Donald Tusk is expected to lead the European People’s Party.
The Congress also will focus on effective policies to combat climate change, on empowering the youth and the prospect of EU membership to two countries of the Western Balkans.
Founded in 1976, the European People’s Party is the EU’s largest and most influential political party. It includes 84 parties and partners from 43 countries. The EPP promotes values and principles of a strong and democratic, transparent and united Europe. The party strongly supports Ukraine on its European path and advocates maintaining sanctions on the Russian Federation.