Ukraine Signs Association Agreement With Eu

At the summit, Ukraine committed itself to respecting Ukraine`s commitments under Article 8 of the Association Agreement on the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 1998, following amendments to the Ukrainian Constitution. The Parties will progressively establish a free trade area known as the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which will take place for a transitional period of up to ten years from the entry into force of the Agreement. [187] At the same time, Russia tried to revive trade relations with other former Soviet states. In October 2011, Ukraine was one of eight post-Soviet states that signed the “Commonwealth of Independent States Free Trade Agreement”, an agreement that entered into force in September 2012 between Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Ukraine`s negotiations with the EU on bilateral free trade led Ukraine not to accept Russia`s offer of a customs union in 2007. Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, said the agreement would bring Ukraine and its 46 million people closer to the heart of Europe and a “European way of life”. Ratification has been effected in accordance with Article 4(2)(b) of the Maltese Act on European Union[141], which provides that Malta, as regards international treaties and conventions to which Malta may accede as a Member State, as well as international treaties and conventions which Malta must ratify in its own name or on behalf of the European Community by reason of its membership of the European Union, enter into force one month after their presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign and European Affairs. The 14-page document lists, among other things, efforts to promote pro-Russian rhetoric in media dominated by anti-Russian views, sanction pro-European Ukrainian entrepreneurs, TV moguls and politicians, efforts to elect pro-Russian Viktor Medvedchuk to the presidency in 2015, and then the cleansing of pro-European officials. The document also mentions cooperation with Belarus and Kazakhstan in this regard.

[217] [218] Experts who commented on the “leaked document” argued that Medvedchuk had no chance of winning the 2015 presidential elections and could not seriously disrupt the signing of the association agreement. [219] [220] The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union is an Association Agreement between the European Union (EU), Euratom, Ukraine and the twenty-eight EU Member States at the time (separate contracting parties alongside the EU and Euratom). . . .