Legal framework

The legal framework of EU-Ukraine relations is still provided by the Partnership and Co-operation Agreement (PCA).

Similar to other agreements offered by the EU to former USSR countries, the PCA with Ukraine provides a framework for political dialogue; it sets the principal common objectives in terms of promotion of trade and investment, sustainable development, economic, social, financial, civil, scientific, technological and cultural cooperation, legal approximation and support to Ukraine’s efforts to consolidate its democracy and to develop its economy.

Although the PCA envisages the possibility of extending its effect on a yearly basis, i.e. beyond 2008, the EU and Ukraine acknowledges the need to negotiate a new and more ambitious EU-Ukraine agreement that would better correspond with the state of our constantly developing relations.

The negotiations on the new Association Agreement were launched in Brussels on 5 March 2007 and have been finished in December 2011.

There are also a number of sectoral cooperation agreements. The main ones are:

 

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