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Joint Press Release following the Association Council meeting between the European Union and Ukraine

EU News 369/2015

Council of the European Union

The EU-Ukraine Association Council held its second meeting on Monday 7 December 2015 in Brussels.

The Association Council took stock of developments in EU-Ukraine relations since the first Association Council held in December 2014 and welcomed the significant progress realised since. Both sides reaffirmed the significance they attach to the partnership, as well as their continued commitment to deepening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the EU on the basis of respect for common values and their effective promotion.

The Association Council welcomed the ratification of the Association Agreement by a large majority of Member States and looked forward to its full entry into force.

Ukraine and the EU will provisionally apply the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) part of the Association Agreement as of 1 January 2016. Ukraine and the EU agreed on the need to ensure full compliance with the commitments undertaken in the context of the DCFTA, including by further enhancing Ukraine's preparatory efforts. The Association Council also took stock of the trilateral talks on DCFTA implementation. The EU and Ukraine reiterated their readiness to continue talks at the ministerial and expert levels by using the flexibilities offered by the DCFTA. They underlined that any solutions found must respect relevant WTO provisions and commitments.

Source and additional information:

From left to right: Mr Arseniy YATSENYUK, Prime Minister of Ukraine; Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. 'The European Union' URL