First EU-Ukraine Association Council, Brussels 15 December 2014

From left to right: Arseniy Yatseniuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Johannes Hahn, From left to right: Arseniy Yatseniuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine; Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Johannes Hahn,

The European Union and Ukraine held yesterday the first meeting of the Association Council under the new Association Agreement. The EU and Ukraine reconfirmed the common objective to build a democratic, stable and prosperous country. The EU and the Government of Ukraine agreed to continue to work together towards Ukraine's political association and economic integration with the EU.

The Association Council welcomed the provisional application of the relevant parts of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement as of 1 November 2014 and highlighted the importance of swift ratification of the Association Agreement by all EU Member States in accordance with their national procedures. The Association Agreement will be the basis on which Ukraine will accelerate its process of enhanced reforms and economic modernisation.

The Association Council acknowledged the importance of intensifying much needed political and economic reforms in Ukraine and the EU's support package to support Ukraine in its efforts for launching this renewed reform process, as well as the EU’s Ukraine Support Group and the EU Advisory Mission.

Joint press release following the first Association Council meeting between the European Union and Ukraine


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