The Association Agreement Ukraine

In trilateral discussions in early September 2014, the European Commission, the Ukrainian and Russian governments agreed to postpone the provisional implementation of the agreement until the end of 2015. “We have agreed to postpone the request until 31 December,” EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said on 12 September 2014 in Brussels, at the end of talks with Alexey Ulyukaev, Russia`s economy minister, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. According to Interfax, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was in favor of the decision. Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine would also benefit from this postponement: “This is a very important decision and we are very grateful to the EU for offering privileged access to the European market. This will allow our businesses to prepare for further trade liberalization. [225] EU countries have not yet been allowed. Unilateral trade facilitation – the abolition of import duties into the EU – remains in force, subject to the approval of the EU Council of Ministers. Customs duties on EU products exported to Ukraine are maintained. According to a joint statement by Ukraine and the EU adopted at a Ukraine-EU summit, ratification of the treaty depended on “Ukraine`s respect for common values and the rule of law with an independent judiciary”. [25] [26] [27] [28] The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, said on 27 February 2012 that he “hoped” that the Association Agreement would be initialled within a month and that he “saw” that it would be signed next autumn. He also stressed “the need for action in six key areas” (mainly legal reform and democratic freedoms). [29] [30] [31] On 29 February 22, 2012, the European People`s Party called for the immediate release of Yulia Tymoshenko, Yuri Lutsenko and other political prisoners and insisted that the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union be signed and ratified only when these demands have been met. [32] [33] The political provisions of the treaty were signed on March 21, 2014, after a series of events that halted its ratification culminated in a revolution in Ukraine and the overthrow of then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

[11] This filth was triggered by Yanukovych`s last-minute refusal[12] to sign the agreement. . . .