Netherlands Embassy in Kiev, Ukraine

Association Agreement

European Union and Ukraine

On 21 March 2014 the European Union and Ukraine signed the political part of the Association Agreement as part of a joint effort to strengthen their ties and bonds. The agreement was ratified by the European Parliament and Ukraine on 16 September 2014, and is still to be ratified by 20 EU member states. The EU carries out a number of information activities to provide a clear and considered insight into what exactly is contained in the Association Agreement. The Stronger Together Campaign is one of these initiatives. The Netherlands Embassy has published factsheets and a more comprehensive guide to the Association Agreement can be accessed on the right side of this page.

What is in the Association Agreement?

The Association Agreement is a pioneering document: it is the first agreement based on political association between the EU and any of the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) and is unprecedented in its breadth (number of areas covered) and depth (detail of commitments and timelines).

The key parts focus on  core reforms, economic recovery and growth, and governance and sector cooperation in areas such as energy, transport and environment protection, industrial cooperation, social development and protection, equal rights, consumer protection, education, youth, and cultural cooperation.

A strong emphasis lies on values, standards and principles: democracy and  rule of law, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, good governance, a market economy and sustainable development.

The Agreement furthermore envisions cooperation in foreign and security policy and energy.

A Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which has been signed on 27 June 2014, is part of the the agreement. The DCFTA goes further than classic free trade areas, as it opens up markets but also addresses competitiveness issues and the steps needed to meet EU standards and trade on EU markets. For more information on the DCFTA and its implications for trading with Ukraine, please click here.

The Agreement moreover highlights Justice, Freedom & Security issues which also include provisions on mobility.