Ukraine and EU Signed Political Part of the Association Agreement

Ukraine and the European Union signed the political chapter of their Association Agreement. The signing ceremony, which was attended by all heads of state and government of the EU member states, as well as the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, took place in Brussels on Friday. The document was signed by Yatseniuk, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the leaders of the 28 EU member states. In particular, the sides signed the preamble, Article 1 and Titles I, II and VII. In the preamble the EU acknowledges the European aspirations of Ukraine and welcomes its European choice, including its commitment to building a deep and sustainable democracy and a market economy. It also states that democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law are essential elements of the agreement.

It also promotes the independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine’s borders, which is important for Kyiv in the present circumstances. It mentions political association and economic integration, the fight against organized crime, visa liberalization, etc.

“This Agreement will not prejudice and leaves open future developments in EU-Ukraine relations,” reads the preamble.

Article 1 outlines the aims of the document, which establishes “an association between the Union and its MemberStates, of the one part, and Ukraine, of the other part,” to promote gradual rapprochement between the parties based on common values and close and privileged links.

“To promote, preserve and strengthen peace and stability in the regional and international dimensions in accordance with the principles of the United Nations Charter, and of the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and the objectives of the Charter of Paris for a New Europe of 1990,” reads the article.

Title I is dedicated to general principles, Title 2 to political dialogue and reform, political association, cooperation and convergence in the field of foreign and security policy, and Title VII to institutional, general and final provisions.

Source: modernukraine.eu

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