Association Agreement

Association Agreement

The signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU took place in two stages.

On March 21, 2014, during the Extraordinary Ukraine-EU Summit, the political part of the Agreement and the Final Act of the Summit were signed, which were signed on behalf of Ukraine by Prime Minister A. Yatsenyuk. In particular, the Preamble, Article 1, Sections I "General Principles", II "Political Dialogue and Reforms, Political Association, Cooperation and Convergence in Foreign and Security Policy" and VII "Institutional, General and Final Provisions" of the Agreement were signed. The Summit also stated at the Summit that Ukraine’s obligations under Article 8 of the Association Agreement to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 1998 would be fulfilled after the relevant amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine were made.

On June 27, 2014, during the meeting of the EU Council, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the leadership of the European Union and the Heads of State and Government of the 28 EU Member States signed the economic part of the Agreement - Chapters III "Justice, Freedom and Security", IV Trade and Issues. related to trade ”, V“ Economic and sectoral cooperation ”and VI“ Financial cooperation and anti-fraud provisions ”, which together with the final text of the Agreement constitute a single document.

On September 16, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the European Parliament simultaneously ratified the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

The Ukrainian Party submitted its instruments of ratification to the Depositary and thus completed all domestic procedures.

The Association Agreement, in terms of its scope and thematic coverage, is the largest international legal document in the history of Ukraine and the largest international agreement with a third country ever concluded by the European Union. It defines a qualitatively new format of relations between Ukraine and the EU on the principles of "political association and economic integration" and serves as a strategic guideline for systemic socio-economic reforms in Ukraine. The agreement provides for a deep and comprehensive free trade area between Ukraine and the EU.

It will determine the legal basis for the free movement of goods, services, capital, and partly labor between Ukraine and the EU, as well as the regulatory approximation aimed at the gradual entry of Ukraine's economy into the EU common market. In accordance with Article 486 of the Agreement from November 1, 2014, its temporary application is carried out until its entry into force.

The full Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU will enter into force upon ratification by all Parties on the first day of the second month following the date of deposit of the last instrument of ratification or approval by the General Secretariat of the Council of the Council of the European Union. The Agreement has currently been ratified by Ukraine and the European Parliament on 16 September 2014, as well as by the following EU Member States: Romania - 2 July 2014, Lithuania - 8 July 2014, Latvia - 14 July 2014, Bulgaria - 24 July 2014, Malta - August 21, 2014, Slovakia - September 24, 2014, Estonia - November 4, 2014, Hungary and Sweden - November 26, 2014, Poland - November 28, 2014.

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