Whats the EU

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Whats the EU

1. Whats the EU

1.1 Beginnings: war and peace

For centuries, Europe was the scene of frequent and bloody wars. In the period 1870 to 1945, France and Germany fought each other three times, with terrible loss of life. A number of European leaders became convinced that the only way to secure a lasting peace between their countries was to unite them economically and politically.

So, in 1950, the French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed integrating the coal and steel industries of Western Europe. A a result, in 1951, the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) was set up, with six members: Belgium, West Germany, Luxembourg, France, Italy and the Netherlands. The power to take decisions about the coal and steel industry in these countries was placed in the hands of an independent, supranational body called the "High Authority". Jean Monnet was its first President.

1.2 From three communities to the European Union

The ECSC was such a success that, within a few years, these same six countries decided to go further and integrate other sectors of their economies. In 1957 they signed the Treaties of Rome, creating the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) and the European Economic Community (EEC). The member states set about removing trade barriers between them and forming a "common market".

In 1967 the institutions of the three European communities were merged. From this point on, there was a single Commission and a single Council of Ministers as well as the European Parliament.

Originally, the members of the European Parliament were chosen by the national parliaments but in 1979 the first direct elections were held, allowing the citizens of the member states to vote for the candidate of their choice. Since then, direct elections have been held every five years.

The Treaty of Maastricht (1992) introduced new forms of co-operation between the member state governments - for example on defence, and in the area of "justice and home affairs". By adding this inter-governmental co-operation to the existing "Community" system, the Maastricht Treaty created the European Union (EU).

1.3 Integration means common policies

Economic and political integration between the member states of the European Union means that these countries have to take joint decisions on many matters. So they have developed common policies in a very wide range of fields - from agriculture to culture, from consumer affairs to competition, from the environment and energy to transport and trade.

In the early days the focus was on a common commercial policy for coal and steel and a common agricultural policy. Other policies were added as time went by, and as the need arose. Some key policy aims have changed in the light of changing circumstances. For example, the aim of the agricultural policy is no longer to produce as much food as cheaply as possible but to support farming methods that produce healthy, high-quality food and protect the environment. The need for environmental protection is now taken into account across the whole range of EU policies.

The European Union's relations with the rest of the world have also become important. The EU negotiates major trade and aid agreements with other countries and is developing a Common Foreign and Security Policy.

1.4 The Single Market: banning the barriers

It took some time for the Member States to remove all the barriers to trade between them and to turn their "common market" into a genuine single market in which goods, services, people and capital could move around freely. The Single Market was formally completed at the end of 1992, though there is still work to be done in some areas - for example, to create a genuinely single market in financial services.

During the 1990s it became increasingly easy for people to move around in Europe, as passport and customs checks were abolished at most of the EU's internal borders. One consequence is greater mobility for EU citizens. Since 1987, for example, more than a million young Europeans have taken study courses abroad, with support from the EU.

1.5 The Single Currency

In 1992 the EU decided to go for economic and monetary union (EMU), involving the introduction of a single European currency managed by a European Central Bank. The single currency - the euro - became a reality on 1 January 2002, when euro notes and coins replaced national currencies in twelve of the 15 countries of the European Union (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal and Finland).

1.6 The growing familyThe EU has grown in size with successive waves of accessions. Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom joined in 1973 followed by Greece in 1981, Spain and Portugal in 1986 and Austria, Finland and Sweden in 1995. The European Union welcomed ten new countries in 2004: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Bulgaria and Romania expect to follow a few years later and Turkey is also a candidate country. To ensure that the EU can continue functioning efficiently with 25 or more members, its decision-making system must be streamlined. That is why the Treaty of Nice lays down new rules governing the size of the EU institutions and the way they work. It came into force on 1 February 2003.

1.7 The official languages of the European Union.

The very first Regulation enacted by the Council of what is now the European Union, was concerned with language. On 15 April 1958. The Council laid down that the official languages of the Member States should be both the official languages of the Community and the working languages of the Community institution. Every Member State's official language is an official language of the EU.

1.8 EU Presidency

EU Presidency is currently held by The Netherlands.

The Presidencies since 1980

Year

1. half

2. half

1980ItalyLuxembourg

1981The NetherlandsUnited Kingdom

1982BelgiumDenmark

1983GermanyGreece

1984FranceIreland

1985ItalyLuxembourg

1986The NetherlandsUnited Kingdom

1987BelgiumDenmark

1988GermanyGreece

1989SpainFrance

1990IrelandItaly

1991LuxembourgThe Netherlands

1992PortugalUnited Kingdom

1993DenmarkBelgium

1994GreeceGermany

1995FranceSpain

1996ItalyIreland

1997The NetherlandsLuxembourg

1998United KingdomAustria

1999GermanyFinland

2000PortugalFrance

2001SwedenBelgium

2002SpainDenmark

2003GreeceItaly

2004IrelandThe Netherlands

2005LuxembourgUnited Kingdom

2006AustriaFinland

Chapter .

1. The EU's Relations with Ukraine

1.1 The Partnership and Co-operation Agreement

The PCA came into force in March 19981. It highlights respect for shared fundamental values as an essential element for the relationship; provides an appropriate framework for political dialogue; sets the principal common objectives in terms of harmonious economic relations, sustainable development, co-operation in a number of areas, and support to Ukraines efforts towards democracy; as well as creating an institutional framework for pursuing these goals.

The PCA is an important instrument in bringing Ukraine in line with the legal framework of the single European market and of the WTO system. It also contains a number of evolutionary clauses, including the prospect of establishing a free trade area.

1.2 The EU Common Strategy on Ukraine, and Ukraines Strategy for European Integration

The EU Common Strategy was adopted in December 1999 at the Helsinki European Council in response to the recognition that more coherence was needed between the EU and the Member States policies certain partner countries. It covers a period of four years.

The Strategy aims at developing a strategic partnership between the EU and Ukraine on the basis of the PCA, while acknowledging Ukraines European aspirations and welcoming the countrys European choice. It sets three principal objectives:

To support the democratic and economic transition process in Ukraine

To meet common challenges on the European continent (stability and security in Europe, environment protection, energy and nuclear safety)

To strengthen co-operation between the EU and Ukraine in the context of enlargement; assist Ukraines integration into the European and world economy; enhance co-operation in the field of Justice and Home Affairs.

1.3 EU Assistance to Ukraine

The EU is the largest donor to Ukraine; over the last 10 years, total assistance amounted to ?1.072 billion from the EC while the Member States disbursed around ?157 million in the period 1996 1999. This consists of technical assistance through TACIS, macro-financial assistance, and humanitarian assistance.

The overall amount allocated directly to Ukraine in 2002 is ?47 and in 2003 ?48 million. In addition, Ukraine benefited from a number of specific and regional Tacis programmes, totalling some ?126 million that year. The National Indicative Programme for the years 2004−06 foresees 212 million Euro on further assistance.

With the closure of Chernobyl at the end of 2000 and pending alternative sources coming fully on stream, EU assistance in the energy sector has included additional support for Ukrainian fuel imports (Fuel Gap programme), along with a major contribution to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund managed by the EBRD.

Since 1998, the Commission has also contributed about ?10 million to the Science and Technology Centre of Ukraine (STCU).1.4 The Institutional Framework

The PCA establishes a number of bilateral institutions and provides the basis for taking further decisions as necessary:

Co-operation Council at ministerial level (EU-Presidency, European Commission, High Representative, Government of Ukraine)

Co-operation Committee (senior civil servants level, chaired alternately by the European Commission and the Ukrainian side)

Sub-Committees (experts level; supporting the work of the Co-operation Committee).

The political dialogue is conducted through yearly Summits, at the Co-operation Councils, and in Ministerial and Political Directors meetings in the Troika format.

The last summit (6th) Summit was held on 7 October 2003 in Yalta. The EU side presented its "Wider Europe - Neighbourhood" initiative, stressing the broad range of new opportunities, which should facilitate Ukraine's progressive participation in the EUs internal market and in EU policies and programmes, taking into account Ukraines strategic goals and priorities. The EU side has made clear that this initiative is separate from the question of possible future accession to the EU, regulated by article 49 of the Treaty on European Union. President Kuchma reiterated Ukraines long-term strategic goal is to be fully integrated into the EU. The Summit leaders agreed to launch consultations on the development of a Wider Europe Action Plan for Ukraine. In addition, the Summit agreed that specific attention in future dialogue should be given to the effects of the forthcoming EU enlargement for EU-Ukraine relations. Both sides reiterated their strong determination of both sides to avoid any new dividing lines in Europe.

2. Highlights of the bilateral agenda

2.1 Priority Areas

Both sides co-operate closely on the specific priorities endorsed by the 4th Co-operation Council, i.e.: approximation of Ukraines legislation with that of the EU, energy, trade, Justice and Home Affairs, environmental protection, transport and science, and technology. Investment and cross-border co-operation were added as priority areas at the Fifth Co-operation Council.

Legislative approximation is, in accordance with the objectives of the PCA, a permanent feature of bilateral discussions. From the Ukraine perspective, it is also tied to its European integration strategy. The Tacis-financed, Kyiv based, Ukraine-Europe Policy and Legal Advice Centre, which has provided a source of expertise on a range of policy issues for several years, is now focused on this field.

Energy and nuclear safety is one of the most important areas of EUs co-operation with Ukraine. Measures taken in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster continue to be a priority, ranging from the financing of the intended shelter for the nuclear reactor (for the Shelter Fund managed by the EBRD a total amount of ? 100 million has been decided for 2001 to 2004), over replacement production capacity in new nuclear power stations (K2R4), to dealing with shortcomings in energy supply (the fuel gap programme).

Trade issues are also a significant element in EU-Ukraine relations. A key focus is on negotiations for Ukraines accession to the WTO, where agreement has been reached on bilateral terms for market access in goods and services, and where the EU strategy supporting the adaptation of Ukrainian legislation to the multilateral rules of the WTO system. The Commission is currently assessing the Ukrainian request to be given market economy status.

In order to intensify environmental co-operation, a working group on climate change has been set up that focuses on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, in addition to several projects of technical assistance.

Co-operation on transport concentrates on the integration of Ukraines transport infrastructure into the European transport networks along Pan-European Transport Corridors, the Black Sea and the TRACECA route.

In the field of Science & Technology, a bilateral co-operation agreement was signed in July 2002, offering broad perspectives for co-operation under the 6th Framework Programme and beyond. The EU also provides financial support under the multilateral Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU) and through INTAS, the international association for the promotion of co-operation with scientists from the countries of the former Soviet Union.

2.3 Prospects for the futureThe possibilities for further strengthening bilateral relations are high on the bilateral agenda in 2003, not least following the adoption on 11 March 2003 of the European Commissions Communication on Wider Europe Neighbourhood, setting out a new framework for relations over the coming decade with Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Belarus and the Southern Mediterranean countries who do not currently have a perspective of membership but who will soon find themselves sharing a border with the Union. The EU continues to consider full PCA implementation as a first priority. Also important is the improvement of co-operation on security threats, both in the context of terrorism and organised trans-border crime.

Further progress is expected on WTO accession negotiations, with the focus now on adaptation by Ukraine to the multilateral rules regime. In the energy sector, a solution to the modernisation of the nuclear reactors "K2R4" with highest safety standards should be found, and further discussion will take place on gas transit.

Chapter II.

1. EU Enlargement: Wider Europe - a new framework for EU-Ukraine relations

1.1 EU Enlargement: good news for Ukraine

The enlargement of the Union in May 2004 with ten new members, most of them in Central Europe, will impact profoundly both on the Union itself and on the Unions relations with its neighbours and the world.

The opportunities for co-operation along the future enlarged EU borders are described in the Commissions communications of 11 March and 1 July 2003 on the Wider Europe concept and a New Neighbourhood Instrument.

The EU is of the opinion that Ukraine will greatly benefit from the enlargement of the EU. Through its geographical proximity Ukraine will have access to the Worlds biggest single Market of almost half a billion consumers. Therefore, Ukraine, because of its traditional trade and economic relations with many of the new member states as well its geographical position will be in a good position to take advantage of the opportunities of enlargement.

By way of example, tariffs on Ukrainian exports into the EU will go down after Enlargement from 9 percent to 4 percent on average, which in Dollar or Euro terms will mean a lot to the Ukrainian economy. And this is only one example of several benefits that will follow from Enlargement.

From earlier enlargement it is known that becoming a member of the EU will bring accelerated growth to the new Member States and thus increase import demands inter alia from Ukraine. The new Member States have already started to apply European norms step by step. This means that Ukrainian companies that have been doing business with neighbouring countries in the past years have already complied with EU regulations and will thus not experience major changes after 1 May 2004.

Very often people refer to the fact that as a result of enlargement some of the free trade agreements which Ukraine used to have with certain candidate countries e.g. the Baltics will now have to scrapped. Actually, technically, FTAs will have to be adjusted to be compatible with the EU Accession treaties signed by the Baltic States. The results of this adjustment are not known yet and therefore cannot be adequately calculated. But more importantly, this example, which is always mentioned is not representative: firstly, no one can calculate the effect of this future change, but if they were to try they should take into consideration that Ukraines trade with the Baltics constitutes only 2 percent of all of Ukraines total trade which is a drop in the bucket compared with the overall 5% decrease in tariffs mentioned above. Further

What is true is that EU enlargement will be the occasion to address a number of challenges and opportunities to avoid new dividing lines in Europe, for example in the area of cross border cooperation and migration issues. Between 2004 and 2006 the New Neighbourhood Programmes will start working and from 2006 on New Neighbourhoods instruments will applied. These programmes include cross border cooperation between Ukraine and Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. Between 2004 and 2006 the EU will allocate a sum of 75 million Euros for cross border cooperation programmes alone.

2. Wider Europe Neighbourhood

The EU Commission on March 11 adopted a new framework for its relations with the EUs future neighbours including Ukraine. In a Communication called Wider Europe - Neighbourhood: A New Framework for Relations with our Eastern and Southern neighbours, the Commission made it clear that the objective of the new framework is to develop a zone of prosperity and a friendly neighbourhood, a ring of friends, with whom it can enjoy close peaceful and co-operative relations.The overall goal of Wider Europe will be to work with partner countries to foster the political and economic reform process, promote closer economic integration and sustainable development and provide political support and assistance.

In Wider Europe Ukraine is one of the priority countries and is offered a new deal, including i.a. the prospect of closer integration into the EUs Single Market, of preferential trade relations, of further cultural cooperation and mutual understanding, integration into transport, energy and telecommunications networks and the European, Research Area.

Also the new framework provides new concrete tools for its implementation including participation in EU programmes and activities and new sources of finance, an Action Plan for Ukraine and Annual Reviews.

In this regard Wider Europe offers an ambitious and realistic framework for strengthening our strategic partnership allowing Ukraine to benefit fully from EU Enlargement. The new avenues offered for cooperation offered by Wider Europe include a perspective of future progressive integration into the EUs internal market of 450 million consumers

A new tool introduced to implement the New Framework is the Action Plan, a essentially political document to be drawn up by the Commission and EU member States and agreed in association with Ukraine, clearly setting out not only policy targets but also benchmarks by which progress can be judged over several years. These benchmarks should be developed in close cooperation with the partner countries and new benefits should be offered to reflect the progress made in political and economic reform.

The Wider Europe Communication also outlines the Neighbourhood Programmes as a new initiative to take significant steps to deal with the effects of Enlargement boost co-operation across the EUs borders with Ukraine. Under four different NNPs Ukraine will receive an additional funding of 20 million Euros.

The issue of Ukraines membership in the EU is left open for the time being. But during the recent EU-Ukraine summit in Yalta the EU representatives have repeatedly said that the door is kept open for Ukraine. The EU just not ready at this moment to give any concrete date. However, the Treaty of the European Union Article 49 explicitly allows for the possibility of Ukraine becoming a member and the Wider Europe does not exclude it as well.

Sum

The European integration and membership in the European Union is by the strategic purpose of Ukraine because it is by the best way of realization of national interests, construction of the economically advanced and democratic state, strengthening of positions in world system of the international relations. For Ukraine the European integration is a way of modernization of economy, overcoming of technological backwardness, attraction of the foreign investments and newest technologies, creations of new workplaces, increase of a competitive opportunity domestic goods makers, output on the world markets, first of all on the market of EU. The basic political benefits of consecutive European integration are strengthenings stability of democratic political system and its institutes, modernization of a legal field and maintenance of a transparency of the national legislation, deepenings of culture of democracy and respect for the rights of the man and etc.

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Addition 1

The following agreements are in force in relations between Ukraine and the EU:

1.Agreement between Ukraine and European Community on Trade in Textile Products (signed 5.05.93)

2. Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Comission of the European Communities on the Establishment and the Privileges and Immunities of the Delegation of the Comission of the European Communities in Ukraine (signed 9.12.93)

3. Agreement between the Comission of the European Communities and the Government of Ukraine setting up a Contact Group on Coal and Steel (signed 6.06.94)

4. Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Communities and their member states, and Ukraine (signed 14.06.94)5. Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the European Coal and Steel Community on Trade in certain Steel Products (signed 15.07.97)

6. Agreement for Cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the Field of controlled Nuclear Fusion (signed 23.07.99)

7. Agreement for Cooperation between the European Atomic Energy Community and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the Field of Nuclear Safety (signed 23.07.99)

8. Scientific and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Ukraine and the EU

Addition 2

Ukraine-EU: Chronology of Bilateral Relations

2004

July 8 - European Union Ukraine Summit.

May 12 - Adoption of a Strategy Paper on the European Neighbourhood Policy

March-July - Further rounds of consultation on the EU-Ukraine Action Plan

March 30 - Extension of the PCA to the enlarged European Union.

February 24 - 2nd Round of Consultations on EU-Ukraine Action Plan (Brussels)

January 27 - 1st Round of Consultations on EU-Ukraine Action Plan (Kyiv)

2003

December 11 - Sixth EU-Ukraine Co-operation Committee

October 7-8 - Ukraine-European Union Summit..

September 11−12 - Visit of Commissioner G. Verheugen to Ukraine to discuss the implementation of the Wider Europe Neighbourhood initiative.

March 18 - The sixth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council took place in Brussels.

Mr. Papandreou, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece and the President of the EU Council, Mr. Solana, Secretary-General of the Council/High Representative for EU Common Foreign and Security Policy and Mr. Patten, Member of the European Commission represented the EU delegation. Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister of Ukraine, headed the Delegation of Ukraine. During the meeting the parties discussed issues of bilateral EU-Ukraine cooperation, current developments in Ukraine and in the EU, international issues of mutual interest.

March 17 - EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and Mr. Khoroshkovskyi, Ukrainian Minister of Economy and European Integration conclude bilateral package for Ukraine's accession to the WTO.

February 7 - Ukraine-EU Troika meeting on ministerial level meeting took place in Kyiv. Mr. Solana, Secretary-General, and High Representative for CFSP led the EU delegation.

Mr. Zlenko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine represented the Ukrainian side. During his stay in Kyiv Mr Soland also met the Ukrainian President L. Kuchma.

2002

November 27 - The fifth meeting of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Committee was held in Brussels to discuss questions of co-operation within the framework of the PCA, the impact of EU enlargment on Ukraine, the New Neighbourhood Initiative and Ukraine's "European choice" policy.

November 11 - First EU Troika and Ukraine meeting at ministerial level with a view to discuss co-operation in the field of justice and home affairs.

July 4 - Summit European Union - Ukraine, Copenhagen, 4th of July 2002

2001

September 11 - At the 4th EU-Ukraine Summit in Yalta on 11th September 2001, EU leaders and the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the EU

2000

January 25 - During the Ukraine-EU Troika meeting at the level of Foreign Minister the Portuguese Presidency in the EU submitted to the Ukrainian side a Working Plan on Implementation of the EU Common Strategy on Ukraine

May 23 - The Third meeting of the Council on cooperation between Ukraine and the EU is slated for this date.

1999

April 26−27 - The second meeting of the Council on EU-Ukraine cooperation

Economic aspects of bilateral relations are considered.

The success of the Joint Working Program on Implementation of the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation is underscored.

June 3-4 - EU Cologne summit The EU noted qualitatively new achievements in relations with Ukraine

July 23 - The Third Ukraine-EU summit (Kyiv) Progress in EU recognition of Ukraine's course on integration into the EU The EU reaffirmed its intention to promote Ukraine's accession to the WTO.

Launching of activities aimed at creation of a free-trade area between Ukraine and the EU.

August 16 - Cabinet of Ministers Resolution 1496 approved the Concept of Adaptation of the Ukrainian legislation to the EU legislation.

September 23 - During the Ukraine-EU Troika meeting at the Foreign Minister level the EU noted the importance of the pro-European choice of Ukraine, reiterated its respect for the European course of Ukraine and outlined the basic provisions of the EU Common Strategy on Ukraine.

December 6 - The meeting of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma with the President of the European Commission Romano Prodi.

December 10 - Adoption of the EU Common Strategy on Ukraine on the EU Helsinki summit

1998February 24 - The Ukrainian part of the Council on Ukraine-EU Cooperation is created.

March 1 - Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between Ukraine and the EU comes into force.

June 8-9 - The first meeting of the Council on Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU

Ukraine officially announces its intention to become an EU associate member.

The Rules of Procedure of the Council on Cooperation are approved, the Joint Working Program on Implementation of the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation for 1998−1999 is adopted.

June 11 - The Decree of the President of Ukraine 615 approved the Strategy of Ukraine's integration to the EU.

June 12 - The Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine 852 on launching the mechanism of Ukrainian laws adaptation to the EU norms.

July 26 - According to the Decree of the President of Ukraine on "Measures on Improving Legislative Activities of Executive Power Bodies" the Center for Translation of European law is established.

August-September - Mission of the special representative of the Government of Ukraine to the capitals of the EU countries.

October 16 - The second Ukraine-EU summit (Vienna) Cooperation in foreign policy and defense is discussed.

Ukraine-EU relations are characterized as "a strategic and unique partnership"

November 5 - The first meeting of the Committee on Cooperation Six Sub-Committees are founded:

on Trade and Investments

on Financial, Economic Issues and Statistics

on Energy, Nuclear Issues and Environment

on Customs and Border Cooperation, Combating Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking

on Transport, Telecommunications, Science and technology, Education

on Coal, Steel, Mining Industries and Raw Materials

December 11−12 - EU Vienna summit

The decision on developing an EU Common Strategy on Ukraine is adopted.

December - The Parliamentary Committee on Ukraine-EU Cooperation commenced operations.

1997

February 5 - During the Ukraine-EU Troika meeting at the Foreign Minister level, ways of implementing the Action Plan and the possibility of opening an EU Documentation Center in Kyiv were discussed.

April 17−18 - Meeting of the Ukraine-EU Joint Committee Problems of economic cooperation are discussed

July 15 - An Agreement Between the European Community on Steel and Coal and the Government of Ukraine on Trade in Certain Steel Products is concluded.

September 5 - The first Ukraine-EU summit (Kyiv)

Approved Ukraine's European choice.The existing problems in the in the law and treaties sphere are discussed, paths for economic cooperation are examined.

December 1 - Unilateral introduction by Ukraine of a visa-free regime for diplomatic passports holders from EU countries.

1996

May 6-7 - Meeting of the Joint EU-Ukraine Committee.

The issues of ratification of the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation and granting to Ukraine of the country with economy in transition status are discussed.

June - The European Union recognized the status of Ukraine as a country with an economy in transition.

September 12−13 - The visit of the European Commission member Hans van der Broek to Kyiv

Signing of the TACIS indicative program for Ukraine for 1996−1999 and of the Financial Protocol on the EU/G7 joint action plan on restructuring of Ukrainian debts in the energy sector.

December 6 - Adoption of the EU Council of Ministers Action Plan on Ukraine

The readiness to develop and strengthen political and economic relations with Ukraine is expressed.

1995

March 24 - The first meeting of the Joint Ukraine-EU Committee

Cooperation in various branches of the economy between Ukraine and the EU is discussed.

June 1 - Meeting of the President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma with the President of the European Commission Jacques Santer Signing of the Temporary Agreement on Trade and Issues Related to Trade Between Ukraine and the EU.

July - The Mission of Ukraine to the European Communities is established.

1994

March 9−11 - The EU Troika visit Kyiv. Meetings with the President of Ukraine, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

The first Ukraine - EU Troika meeting at the level of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Further meetings took place semi-annually.

June 14 - The Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between the EU and Ukraine is signed.

October 31 - Special resolution of the EU Council of Ministers on Ukraine.

November 10 - The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ratified the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation between Ukraine and the EU.

November 28 - The EU Council of Ministers outlines a decision on a common position on Ukraine.

1993

March 23−24, June 8-9, November 25−26 - Negotiations on the Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between Ukraine and the EC.May 5 - Agreement Between the European Communities and Ukraine on Trade in Textile Products.

October - Opening of the EC Commission Representation in Ukraine.

1992

February 11 - Protocol on the Agreement between the European Communities and the New Independent States Concerning Programs of Technical Assistance to Ukraine.

April 6 - The Commission of the European Communities Instruction to the EC Council of Ministers to start negotiations on concluding cooperation agreements with Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.

September 14 - Meeting between the President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk and the President of the EC Commission Jacques Delor

The first EU-Ukraine top-level meeting.

1991

December 2 - Declaration of the EC on Ukraine

Democratic character of the All-Ukrainian Referendum is mentioned.

Call to Ukraine for continuation of an open and constructive dialogue with the EC, aimed at ensuring implementation of all obligations undertaken by the USSR and in force.

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