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March 22, 2014

Ukraine Signs Association Agreement with the European Union

Kyiv, March 22, 2014. Ukraine and the European Union signed an Association Agreement aimed at forging closer economic ties between the two partners. Signing of the Agreement de facto demonstrates Ukraine’s decision to follow a European path, further distancing itself from the Kremlin-led Customs Union.

March 8, 2014

UN Security Council, US, EU Reject Crimean Referendum

Kyiv, March 8, 2014. The upcoming referendum in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) was deemed illegal by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). This was stated after the closed-doors session of the UNSC on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Additionally, the referendum in Crimea was officially recognized as illegal by the governments of the U.S. and the EU.

March 6, 2014

EU, US, NATO Officials Express Support to Ukraine

Kyiv, March 5, 2014. Top officials of the European Union, the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization expressed their support to Ukrainian people and called for negotiations to mitigate the crisis as Eastern European state appears at a brink of war. Earlier, the President of the Russian Federation held a press conference, where he announced that Russian troops in Crimea will undertake action, “only to protect local people.” On March 2, 2014, President Vladimir Putin got “green light” from Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, to send troops to Ukraine.

January 27, 2014

EU Calls for Ukraine’s Government and Opposition to Continue Negotiations

Kyiv, January 27, 2014. The Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine insisted that Ukrainian Government followed up on its promise of nonviolence toward the protesters. The mission also called for the opposition to stick to the peaceful nature of the protest and to distance themselves from those who use violence to achieve their goals.

December 12, 2013

Under Common Sky: Ukraine, EU Sign Aviation Treaty

Kyiv, December 12, 2013. Signed at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on November 28-29, 2013 the Common Aviation Area treaty will break the aviation borders, securing constant aviation flow between Ukraine and the European Union.

November 21, 2013

Ukraine Outpaces 19 EU States in Youth Employment

Kyiv, November 21, 2013. The Eastern European state of Ukraine ranks number ten in Europe by the youth employment rate. Ukraine is a runner-up to Sweden and Estonia, while it is ahead of other 19 EU member-states. This was stated by the Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, Natalia Korolevska, at the parliamentary hearings at Verkhovna Rada.

October 28, 2013

France Believes Ukraine-EU Association Will Be Signed in Vilnius

Kyiv, October 28, 2013. France is optimistic about the future signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, says French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. He reckons the agreement will be signed at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, scheduled for November 28-29, 2013.

October 23, 2013

Ukraine Shows Progress in Preparation for EuroBasket 2015

Kyiv, October 23, 2013. The Ukrainian Basketball Federation (UBF) finalized negotiations and signed the agreement with United Basketball Investments (UBI) which undertook the obligation to put four out of six EuroBasket 2015 venues in Ukraine into operation by the second quarter of 2015.

October 8, 2013

EU Ratifies Satellite Navigation System Agreement With Ukraine

Kyiv, October 8, 2013. The European Parliament has ratified the Cooperation Agreement on a civil Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) between the European Community and its Member States and Ukraine. The cooperation, stipulated by the agreement, involves scientific and industrial cooperation, trade and market development in the field, GNSS security, information exchange, and coordinating standards, as well as development of global and regional GNSS ground augmentation systems.

September 18, 2013

Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers Approves EU Association Agreement Draft

Kyiv, September 18, 2013. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has unanimously approved the draft of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine. The document deals with political and economic cooperation with the EU, including the deep and comprehensive free trade area introduction. This is the first agreement based on political association between the EU and any of the Eastern Partnership countries, unprecedented in number of areas covered and detail of commitments and timelines, according to europa.eu.

August 21, 2013

Ukraine Expands Sources of Reverse Gas Supply - Energy Minister

Kyiv, August 21, 2013. Ukraine continues to diversify the sources of gas import by expanding the routes of reverse supply of gas, said Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Eduard Stavytskyi. Soon, he said, Ukrainian government will open two more reverse gas supply routes through Romania and Slovakia.

July 26, 2013

Ukraine Demonstrates Tangible Progress Toward European Integration – Lithuanian Ambassador

Kyiv, July 26, 2013. Ukraine similar to Georgia and Moldova has been demonstrating tangible progress in European integration aspirations, noted the Ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekūnas during his recent interview with the journalists.

July 18, 2013

EU Gives Green Light to Ukrainian Poultry Export

Kyiv, July 18, 2013. Ukrainian producers will be able to export poultry to the European Union starting July 24, 2013. This is the date when the updated list of Ukrainian companies that are eligible to export produce to the EU will enter into force.

June 28, 2013

Ukraine’s Shale Gas Revolution May Bring Country Closer to U.S. and EU – U.S. Expert

Kyiv, June 28, 2013. The development of shale gas deposits represents strategic milestone in Ukraine’s pursuit of energy independence boosting national security for Kyiv and Washington and driving Ukraine’s European integration.

May 28, 2013

Bike Path Connects Ukraine and Hungary

Kyiv, May 28, 2013. The first transborder bike path in Ukraine has been open in Vylok village in Zakarpattia region (western Ukraine). The path is now 3.15 kilometer long, reports ridna.ua. It connects Ukrainian village and Hungarian Tiszapéterfalva and is part of the future 7 kilometer bicycle road on the section Astei-Berehove and Vylok-Nevetlenfolu.

May 15, 2013

Ukraine Imports Record Amount of Gas from the EU

Kyiv, May 15, 2013. Ukraine imported over 120 million cubic meters of natural gas in April 2013 from Poland alone, reported the press service of the public gas transporting company Ukrtransgaz. This number exceeds the volumes of gas imported in March by 4.2 times (24.3 million cubic meters). Additionally, last month Ukraine imported over 18 million cubic meters of gas from Hungary.

May 15, 2013

EU Commission Proposes to Conclude Association With Ukraine

Kyiv, May 15, 2013. The European Commission adopted the proposals for decisions of the Council of the EU on the signing and provisional application as well as the conclusion of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, reads the respective press release of the Commission. The political statement accompanying the proposals states: “It is now up to the Ukrainian authorities to address the outstanding issues in order to enable the signing of the Agreement. This would represent a historic breakthrough in EU-Ukraine relations.”

April 5, 2013

EU Deplores Lutsenko’s Sentence Left in Power

Kyiv, April 5, 2012. The European Union regrets the decision of the High Specialized Court of Ukraine for Civil and Criminal Cases to keep the four year prison sentence of Ukraine’s former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko in force. This was stated by High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Füle, reports unian.ua.

March 20, 2013

European Commission Marks Kyiv’s Moderate Progress in Eurointegration

Kyiv, March 20, 2013. Ukraine increased its efforts to implement the priorities of the Association Agenda – a list of requirements the country needs to fulfill prior to signing the Association Agreement with the EU. Among the achievements, Ukraine started reforming its legal and judicial systems: the new Criminal Procedure Code and other important legislation entered into force, reads ENP [European Neighborhood Policy] Country Progress Report 2012.

March 14, 2013

European Investment Bank: Ukraine – Key Partner Among Eastern European Countries

Kyiv, March 14, 2013. Ukraine became the first out of all Eastern Partnership countries to sign a declaration of intentions with European Investment Bank (EIB) to support educational projects, reported Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine (MESYSU) website. In addition to education EIB has been actively supporting Ukrainian energy and energy efficiency projects as well as transportation and infrastructure development projects.

March 7, 2013

European Parliament VP: Ukraine Steps Back From Signing Association

Kyiv, March 7, 2013. “#Vlasenko was stripped off his parliamentary mandate despite calls of int community-I’m afraid it’s yet another step back from signing AA,” wrote on his Twitter one of the 14 Vice Presidents of the European Parliament, Polish politician Jacek Protasiewicz. On March 6, 2013, the Higher Administrative Court of Ukraine discontinued the parliamentary mandate of Serhiy Vlasenko, the acting lawyer of imprisoned former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.

March 4, 2013

Ukrainian Gas Transporting System Is Europe’s Most Imortant – Günther Oettinger

Kyiv, March 4, 2013. “Your [Ukrainian] Gas Transporting System (GTS) is the most important in Europe, however, its maintenance and renovation requires considerable investments,” stated European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger in his interview with kommersant.ua. Ukraine has to find the necessary funds taking into consideration its commitments to the European Energy Community (EEC), such as providing the third parties with an access to the GTS, added Oettinger. The commitment becomes especially important given the prospects of commercial shale gas production and reverse-flow technologies in Ukraine.

February 26, 2013

EU Commits EUR 610 Million to Ukraine in Macro-Financial Assistance

Kyiv, February 26, 2013. The EU agrees to provide balance-of-payments support to Ukraine within its policy instrument of macro-financial assistance. The total of EUR 610 million, provided under the program, is to complement financing supplied by the IMF. The respective agreement between Ukraine, and the EU was signed during the 16th Ukraine – EU summit, held in Brussels, Belgium, on February 25, 2013.

February 23, 2013

Ukrainian Parliament Votes For EU Integration

Kyiv, February 23, 2013. Majority of Ukrainian MPs adopted a declaration of Ukraine’s European aspirations and signing of the Association Agreement (AA) between Ukraine and the European Union. The declaration is an integral part of the upcoming EU-Ukraine summit, which is to take place on February 25, in Brussels.

February 6, 2013

EU Commissioner Welcomes Ukraine’s Cooperation Not Membership in Customs Union

Kyiv, February 6, 2013. Ukraine is welcome to cooperate with the Customs Union on issues which do not contradict the terms and conditions of the Association Agreement, said the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle.

January 11, 2013

Ukraine is Closer to EU Standards Than Other Former Soviet States - Polish Ex-President

Kyiv, January 11, 2013. If one were to compare Ukraine with its neighboring countries Belarus or Russia the situation in the former remains, undoubtedly, the closest to the European standards, said the former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski. Such statement was made by the politician during his interview to the Polish media in Brussels, reports PAP.

December 18, 2012

52% Ukrainians Want to Join the EU

Kyiv, December 18, 2012. Deutsche Welle presented the results of an opinion poll among Ukrainians between 18 and 65 years old. More than half of the 1,000 interviewees – 52 percent – want Ukraine to become an EU member. Notably, 35 percent of Ukrainians aged 18-29 support rapid integration (within the next five years).

October 23, 2012

Canada’s Ex-Prime Minister: Ukraine Should Be in EU

Kyiv, October 23, 2012. Canada’s 19th Prime Minister Kim Campbell would like to see Ukraine as a member of the EU, however, the country would have to undergo a number of complicated reforms. Canada’s first and only woman prime minister and the founding Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Ukrainian Foundation for Effective Governance made this statement in her interview with Interfax.

October 23, 2012

European Commission Ex-President: Ukraine Should Become a Bridge Between Russia and EU

Kyiv, October 23, 2012. Ukraine has been pursuing a balanced policy between Russia and the EU and the Europeans should support this trend. Such statement was made by the ex-President of the European Commission, the former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi in his video address to the International Forum “Innovation and International Integration” held on Oct. 18-19, in Verona, Italy.

October 16, 2012

EU Ambassador to Ukraine: There Is Freedom of Self-Expression in Ukraine

Kyiv, October 16, 2012. “There is a complete freedom of self-expression and no censorship in Ukraine”, stated the Head of the Delegation of the EU to Ukraine Jan Tombinski. At the same time, he said, there was an issue regarding the ability of citizens to express their views through media.

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