Ukraine : a possible association agreement if some tangible progress are madeMarch 4, 2013
Funding Scheme: 2013-03-04
Altough the situation was unclear at the end of last year, UE and Ukraine both confirmed their willingness to pursue their political association and economical integration at the 16th EU-Ukraine Summit on 25 February. Yet, Ukraine will have to make tangible progress in several areas, especially election law and its justice system by May, to be able to sign the association agreement.
The summit in Brussels was attended by Council president Herman Van Rompuy, Commission president José Manuel Barroso and Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. It had originally been planned for autumn 2012, but was postponed because of the irregularities during the parliamentary elections in Ukraine last October and the political situation.
The summit debates focused on three main areas:selective justice, shortcomings during the last parliamentary elections and reforms set out in the association agenda. Mr Kowal said the imprisonment of opposition politicians Julia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko is still the most serious problem to be solved. President Yanukovych suggested recently that it would be possible to free Mr Lutsenko, but there have been no concrete developments. Regarding the recent elections, Mr Kowal said that as Ukraine is now heading the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), it has the opportunity to follow up on the recommendations made by international observers.
The association agreement, which would include a deep and comprehensive free trade area, could possibly be signed by November 2013.
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