Commission: Signature of Association Agreement with the EU depends on Ukraine’s performance

The European Commission has endorsed the proposals for the Council on the signature of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, underlining however that the accord will be only signed if Ukraine creates the necessary political circumstances. 

A press release said, “without prejudice to a future political decision on possible signature”, the Commission had adopted today the proposals for Council Decisions on the signing and provisional application, as well as on the conclusion of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which would be handed over to the Council “for further processing.”
With today’s decision, the EU has taken a step in order to be technically ready for the possible signing of the Association Agreement (including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area – DCFTA) at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius in November this year.
A political statement by the Commission said the signing of the Agreement remained “conditional on determined action and tangible progress by Ukrainian authorities on all of the benchmarks set out by the 10 December 2012 Council Conclusions,” adding that it was 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, the statement said. The Association Agreement aims to accelerate the deepening of political and economic relations between Ukraine and the EU, as well as Ukraine’s gradual access to the EU Internal Market including by setting up the DCFTA.
Source: ENPI Info