Matti Maasikas began his career in the Estonian civil service in 1996, as the Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Chancellery of the Estonia Parliament. In 1999, he was nominated as Head of the Prime Minister Mart Laar's Private Office. He then entered the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Ambassador to Finland (2001-2005) and later (2005-2008) as Secretary-General in Tallinn. In 2009 he moved to Brussels where he joined the Cabinet of Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Economic and Monetary Affairs. He was then (2011-2016) the Permanent Representative of Estonia to the EU. 2016-2019 Mr Maasikas served in Tallinn as Deputy Minister for EU Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including during the Estonian Presidency in the EU Council.
Mr Maasikas was nominated in August 2019 as EU Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.
Welcome to the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine!
We aim to provide you with accessible, accurate and up-to-date information to on the European Union and on the latest developments in EU-Ukraine relations. Since our principal goal is to inform the Ukrainian public, a large part of the website is in Ukrainian.
Over the past couple of years, relations between the EU and Ukraine have reached a new level. The Association Agreement we signed is the most ambitious and comprehensive agreement the EU has with another country. It is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area attached to it has given Ukrainian businesses preferential access to the largest market in the world and ensures that Ukraine is more and more integrated with the EU markets. Visa free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens aims to ensure that the Ukrainians feel welcome in the European Union and made contacts between students, businesspeople, and, yes, ordinary tourists easier and more frequent.
Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union. The EU stands by Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for its citizens, and is unwavering in its support for the country's independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. In last five years, the EU has put together for Ukraine the largest support package in the history of the European Union. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised more than €15 billion to support the reform process in Ukraine, in crucial areas like decentralisation, civil society, fight against corruption, education, culture, healthcare and others.
During the last EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv in July 2019, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and shared commitment to a broad reform agenda aimed at together improving the life of the Ukrainian citizens. My mission is to work hand-in-hand with all our Ukrainian partners to strengthen the EU-Ukraine cooperation based on shared interests and common values and thus bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union.
I invite you to visit our website and social media accounts regularly – daily if possible- to learn more on EU-Ukraine cooperation and on the activities and projects of the EU Delegation in Ukraine. Please feel free to come back to me and my team with your questions and comments.
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