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Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union (EU). The EU supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic
future for its citizens and is unwavering in its support for Ukraine’s independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Association
Agreement (AA), including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) signed in 2014, is the main tool for bringing Ukraine
and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. Ukraine continues
an ambitious reform programme to accelerate economic growth and improve the livelihoods of its citizens. Priority reforms include
the fight against corruption, reform of the judiciary, constitutional and electoral reforms, improvement of the business climate and
energy efficiency, as well as reform of public administration and decentralisation. Since 2014, the EU and the Financial Institutions have
mobilised more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process, with strong conditionality on continued progress.

The Council today adopted conclusions on the EU's enlargement policy and the EU-Western Balkans stabilisation and association process - Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The European Union institutions open a board and inclusive structured consultation on the future strategic direction of the Eastern Partnership (EaP).

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At the Poznań Summit on the Western Balkans, the EU confirmed its commitment to strengthen cooperation with the region with a set of concrete measures focusing on five key areas: transport and energy, digital, economy, security and good neighbourly relations.

The European Council on 20 June 2019 adopted conclusions on the next institutional cycle, the MFF, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, external relations, the European Semester and enlargement.

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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met today in Brussels with Stevo Pendarovski, President of North Macedonia. This was the first meeting between High Representative Mogherini and President Pendarovski since his election as President of North Macedonia on 5 May. By choosing Brussels for his first official visit, President Pendarovski demonstrated his strong commitment to the European Union integration.

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