The President of Ukraine, Viktor Yushchenko, started his two-day visit to Denmark on Thursday last week by going to Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems' R&D and test center located in the port of Aarhus, Jutland. Viktor Yuschenko was accompanied by his wife Kateryna and a 60-strong delegation including several ministers and the chairman of Ukraine's National Bank.
At the test center Viktor Yuschenko told reporters: "Our Danish colleagues carried out studies in Ukraine and say such a factory could be opened on our territory." The President added that energy cooperation with Denmark was one of Ukraine's priorities, and was especially impressed to hear that 20% of Danish electricity consumption is generated from wind turbines.
The President and his delegation later visited Copenhagen where he met with Queen Margrethe II, the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Minister for Foreign Affairs Per Stig Møller, the Speaker of the Danish Parliament Christian Mejdahl and the Director General of the Confederation of Danish Industries, Hans Skov Christensen.
Victor Yushchenko also attended a ceremony to sign Ukrainian-Danish agreements in the Danish Chamber of Commerce. In his speech, Yushchenko praised the economic cooperation between Ukraine and Denmark, but said the two countries could build even closer ties. He added that it was necessary to pass laws to facilitate the cooperation.
“It is wonderful that nine agreements will be signed during my visit [to Denmark] to give answers to this particular question,” he said. The President promised to spare no efforts in ensuring that Ukraine and Denmark “have a very busy schedule of business and political contacts” and urged Danish business leaders to come to Ukraine.
“The government of Ukraine, Ukrainian business and Ukrainian citizens invite you to Ukraine for cooperation. The presence of Danish business is very important to us,” he said. The news was reported in the Danish press and on the website of President Viktor Yuschenko.