European integration of Ukraine
Kiev is the capital and largest city
the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern
The current legal framework for EU-Ukraine relations is
provided by the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement
On 21 March 2014, European Union Heads of State and
Government and Ukrainian Prime Minister H.E. Mr Arseny
Yatsenyuk signed the political provisions of the EUUkraine Association Agreement.
Focuses on support to core reforms, economic recovery and growth, and
governance and sector cooperation in areas such as energy, transport and
environment protection, industrial cooperation, social development and
protection, equal rights, consumer protection, education, youth, and
Strong emphasis on values and principles: democracy and the rule of law,
respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, good governance, a
market economy and sustainable development.
Includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area
highlight Justice, Freedom & Security issues which also include provisions
The EU has already begun to reduce or eliminate its customs duties
on goods originating in Ukraine.
At the end of 2015, the full DCFTA should be provisionally applied.
The reason for provisional implementation is that the Agreement
has to be ratified by all 28 EU Member States
Priorities are set out as part of the "European Agenda for Reform“
Recent milestones include:
•SBC signed on 13 May worth €355 million - help the government of Ukraine to address
short-term economic stabilisation needs and implement governance reform order to
promote the fight against corruption, public administration reform, election law and
The first tranche €250 million paid on 12 June.
•The signing of the Memorandum of Assistance to Ukraine that is necessary to give effect to
the €1.61 billion Macro-Financial Assistance loan programme.
The EU disbursed the first tranche of €100 million (MFA I) and the second tranche of €500
million (MFA II) on 20 May and 17 June correspondently.
Since 1991, assistance provided by the
European Community alone has amounted
to over € 3.5 billion
Annual bilateral funding (National Action
Programme) has increased from €47 million
in 2002 to €186 million in 2013 and €242
million in 2014.
2. Increased participation of civil society organisations in policymaking, public policy monitoring
and service delivery and stronger cooperation between civil society, authorities, media and
business at all levels
3. Improved legitimacy and representativeness of civil society organisations and their stronger
capacity to engage in policy dialogue and policy-making processes, public policy monitoring and
4. Further inclusion and integration of civil society into EU's political and operational relations
with Ukraine, focusing on the implementation of the Association Agreement
5. Support for civil society's role in conflict prevention, humanitarian work and post-conflict
environments in the eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea
6. Greater accountability and transparency of public policies in energy, energy efficiency and
environment through increased engagement with civil society
7. Further involvement of civil society in governance and security sector reforms and promotion
of the respect for rule of law and human rights
8. Increased civil society's role in promoting economic development and contributing to the
implementation of the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.