Chronology of bilateral relations

2014
1 NovemberBeginning of the provisional application of the Association Agreement
25 JulyFurther sanctions over situation in Eastern Ukraine agreed
22 JulyEU establishes mission to advise on civilian security sector reform in Ukraine
22 JulyCouncil conclusions on Ukraine
8 JulyJoint Conclusions of High Level Meeting on Ukraine
27 JuneThe signature of Association Agreements with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia
13 JuneThe EU paid the first tranche (€250 million) of non-reimbursable assistance to Ukraine under the State Building Contract
20 MayFirst tranche of EU Macro-Financial Assistance disbursed to Ukraine
12 MayEuropean Council conclusions on Ukraine
23 AprilUnilateral EU Autonomous Trade Measures (opening of EU markets to Ukrainian exports) came into force
27 MarchPublication of the regular Progress Report Ukraine 2013
21 MarchSignature of the political provisions of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
20 MarchEuropean Council conclusions on Ukraine
19 MarchCommission proposed a further €1 billion in macro-financial assistance
17 MarchForeign Affairs Council Conclusions on Ukraine
17 MarchEU adopts restrictive measures against actions threatening Ukraine's territorial integrity
11 MarchEuropean Commission proposes temporary tariff cuts for Ukrainian exports to the EU
7 MarchStatement of the Heads of State or Government on Ukraine
5 MarchEuropean Commission agreed a package of support to Ukraine
4 MarchForeign Affairs Council conclusions on Ukraine
20 FebruaryForeign Affairs Council conclusions on Ukraine
11 FebruaryForeign Affairs Council conclusions on Ukraine
20 JanuaryForeign Affairs Council conclusions on Ukraine
2013
28-29 NovemberThird Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius - Joint Declaration
28 NovemberInitialling of the EU-Ukraine Common Aviation Area Agreement
15 NovemberThe European Commission and the European External Action Service published the third progress report on Ukraine’s implementation of the visa liberalization action plan
1 JulyCroatia joins the European Union
1 JulyAmended EU-Ukraine Visa Facilitation Agreement comes into force
24 JuneThe EU-Ukraine Association Agenda was updated at the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council
20 MarchPublication of the regular Progress Report Ukraine 2012
25 February16th EU-Ukraine Summit, Joint Statement
2012
13 DecemberEuropean Parliament adopted the resolution on Ukraine
10 DecemberCouncil conclusions on Ukraine
23 JulyThe EU and Ukraine signed the amended Visa Facilitation Agreement
19 JulyInitialling of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Ukraine
15 MayPublication of the regular Progress Report Ukraine 2011
30 MarchChief Negotiators of the European Union and Ukraine initialled the text of the Association Agreement
9 FebruaryThe European Commission and the European External Action Service published the second progress report on Ukraine’s implementation of the visa liberalization action plan
2011
19 December

15th annual summit EU-Ukraine in Kyiv (Ukraine-EU Summit Joint Statement)

Remarks of President Herman Van Rompuy , following the 15th EU-Ukraine Summit

11 NovemberLast (21st) round of plenary negotiations on the Association Agreement took place in Brussels
27 OctoberEuropean Parliament adopted its resolution on Ukraine
19 OctoberUkraine and the European Union finalised negotiations of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement. Respective speech of Trade Commissioner De Gucht
29-30 SeptemberSecond Eastern Partnership summit, Warsaw - Joint Declaration
23 SeptemberThe EU evaluated Ukraine’s implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan
25 MayPublication of the regular Progress Report Ukraine 2010 and the ENP Review
20 MayAdoption of Priorities of the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda for 2011
1 FebruaryUkraine becomes the fully fledged member of the Energy Community
2010
25 NovemberEuropean Parliament adopted its resolution on Ukraine
22 November

14th annual summit EU-Ukraine in Brussels (Joint press statement)

EU-Ukraine Visa Dialogue - Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation  adopted

24 SeptemberUkraine joined the European Energy Community
15 June14th meeting of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council in Luxembourg
12 MayPublication of the regular Progress Report Ukraine 2009
5 AprilEU Visa Code comes into force
26 JanuaryAdoption of Priorities of the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda for 2010
2009
4 December

13th annual EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv ( Joint Statement )

1 DecemberThe Delegation of the European Commission becomes the Delegation of the European Union
24 NovemberEU-Ukraine Association Agenda entered into force
16 JuneEU-Ukraine Cooperation Council in Luxembourg, adoption of the Association Agenda
7 MayLaunch of Eastern Partnership initiative, adoption of Joint Declaration at the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit
1 AprilPublication of the regular Progress Report Ukraine 2008
23 March

Joint EU-Ukraine International Investment Conference on the Modernisation of Ukraine's Gas Transit System(documents and Joint Declaration )

2008

9 September

12th annual EU-Ukraine Summit in Evian, France ( Joint Statement)
26 MarchJoint evaluation of the AP at the Cooperation Council pdf - 49 KB [49 KB]
18 FebruaryThe launch of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations
14 FebruaryBlack Sea Synergy Ministerial meeting, Kyiv - j oint statement
1 JanuaryEntrance into force of visa facilitation and readmission agreements
2007
September 14

EU-Ukraine Summit. Joint Statement .

2006
October 27EU – Ukraine Summit, Helsinki Joint Press Statement pdf - 78 KB [78 KB] Українська (uk)
July 20Round of negotiations on the conclusion of a visa facilitation and readmission agreement (Brussels)

July 7

Joint meeting of the EU-Ukraine Sub-committee No.5 on customs and cross-border co-operation

May 31 - June 1

Joint meeting of the Sub-committee No.4 on energy, transport, nuclear safety and environment

April 10- 11

The Council discusses the situation in Ukraine following the parliamentary elections on 26 March and notes that the elections were considered free and fair
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/ueDocs/cms_Data/docs/pressData/en/gena/89219.pdf

March 2-3

Visit of the European Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner to Kyiv on the occasion of the EU Troika ministerial meeting with Ukraine

2005
December 23The Council of the European Union grants Ukraine Market Economy Status
December 1Ukraine-European Union Summit. Joint Statement .
February 21The EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council endorses the EU-Ukraine Action Plan
February 21The General Affairs and External Relations Council adopts conclusions on Ukraine (including the 10 point plan)
January 31Commissioner Benita-Ferrero Waldner and High Representative J. Solana submit a "10 point plan" to the European Council to maximize the benefits of the EU-Ukraine Action Plan

January 23

Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner visits Ukraine on the occasion of the inauguration of President Yushchenko

January 21

Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the CFSP, visits Ukraine on the occasion of the inauguration of President Yushchenko

2004

December 17

European Council Declaration on Ukraine

December 09

European Commission approves Action Plan for Ukraine

End of November / Beginning of December

EU HR J. Solana travels to Kyiv three times to assist with the efforts to find a negotiated solution to the political crisis in Ukraine

November 25

The EU notes that that the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine has fallen far short of international standards for democratic elections

July 8

European Union – Ukraine Summit. (The Hague). Joint Press Release

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. Press Release

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. Joint Statement .

September 11 - 12

Visit of Commissioner G. Verheugen to Ukraine to discuss the implementation of the Wider Europe Neighbourhood initiative.
Press Release .

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.
Press Release .

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. Press Release.

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 N°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

1998

February 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 N°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.