The agreement also requires both parties to cooperate and converge between policies, legislation and regulation in a wide range of areas. [how?] These include equal rights for workers, visa waiver for individuals, exchange of information and personnel in the field of justice, modernisation of Ukrainian energy infrastructure, access to the European Investment Bank and many others. He also asked Brussels to help Ukraine ease the conditions for a possible IMF loan.  The EU refused trilateral talks and asked Yanukovych to commit to signing the association agreement, which he refused.  Following a summit, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said the EU would not tolerate the “veto of a third country” in its negotiations for closer integration with Ukraine.  He also said: “We are going on a long journey to help Ukraine become, like others, what we now call `new member states`. But we must set aside the short-term political calculation.  This was a vivid demonstration of a new format of relations between Ukraine and the EU based on “political association and economic integration”. . . .