European Union – Ukraine, Approved the final draft of the Agreement on Association.

18 Sep 2013

 The Cabinet of Ministers approved the draft Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union and its member states.
“It just became known that the government had approved the draft Association Agreement with the EU,” a government spokesman told journalists in Kyiv. The government published the draft agreement on the Web site of the Cabinet of Ministers in August 2013. ukrAzarov
The 236-page document comprises of seven sections and 486 articles, some of which deal with the media activities, protection of personal data, protection of intellectual property, and other issues.
According to the draft agreement, the aims of association are to promote a gradual rapprochement between the parties based on common values and close and privileged links, and increasing Ukraine’s association with EU policies, and participation in programs and agencies, establish conditions for enhanced economic and trade relations leading towards Ukraine’s gradual integration in the EU internal market including by setting up a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, as well as to enhance cooperation in the field of justice, freedom and security with the aim of reinforcing the rule of law and the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Ukraine and the EU started negotiations on new agreement in 2007. The parties initialled an Agreement on association and profound and overall free trade area on March 30, 2012.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said the agreements, which should be signed at a November summit in Lithuania, raised the prospect of “a European quality of life” for the ex-Soviet republic.
“We believe we must make every effort for Yulia Tymoshenko to be freed before the Vilnius summit,” Iryna Gerashchenko, a deputy for the opposition party UDAR, told Interfax-Ukraine.
“Even though the signing is important to the EU and Ukraine, the EU will never be able to close its eyes to the violation of fundamental values such as human rights, including the right of defense in a court and the right to justice,” she said.

 From Unian and Interfax-Ukraine

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