The EU is seeking an increasingly close relationship with Ukraine that goes beyond mere bilateral cooperation, encompassing gradual progress towards political association and economic integration.
Ukraine is a priority partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which entered into force in 1998 provides a comprehensive framework for cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in all key areas of reform.
A new Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), was negotiated in 2007-2011 and initialled in 2012. On 10 December 2012, the EU Foreign Affairs Council adopted the Council Conclusions on Ukraine . These affirmed the EU’s commitment to signing the Agreement (including the DCFTA) as soon as Ukraine takes determined action and makes tangible progress towards achieving the benchmarks set out in the Conclusions.
On 21 November 2013, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine took a decision to suspend preparations to sign the Association Agreement. The EU takes note of the unprecedented public support in Ukraine for political association and economic integration with the EU and remains ready to sign the Association Agreement on the basis of determined action and tangible progress on the EU's benchmarks. To this end, important progress has already been achieved.
In November 2009, the Cooperation Council adopted the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda [112 KB] , which was updated in 2011. This Agenda, which replaces the former Action Plan [105 KB] , will prepare for and facilitate the entry into force of the Association Agreement. In view of current EU-Ukraine relations, the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council endorsed the updated version of the EU-Ukraine Association Agenda [296 KB] on 24 June 2013.