On 8 August 2019, the Council appointed Johann Sattler as EU Special Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He will also take over the role of the Head of the European Union's Delegation in Sarajevo.
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), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together, promoting deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. Since Spring 2014, Ukraine has embarked on an ambitious reform programme, aiming to stabilise its economy 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, including decentralisation. Since 2014, the EU and the European Financial Institutions have mobilised a package of more than €15 billion in grants and loans to support the reform process, with strong conditionality on continued progress.
"North Macedonia and Albania have done their part of the work; now it is the European Union's turn to fulfil its part," said High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini when presenting the annual Enlargement Package together with Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.
Today, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex in cooperation with the Albanian authorities, launched the first ever joint operation outside the European Union. This marks a new phase for border cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan partners. The event took place in Tirana, Albania, in the presence of Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Albanian Minister of Interior Sandër Lleshaj, EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.
The European Union’s relations with Azerbaijan are based on the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership
and Cooperation Agreement in force since 1999. In February 2017, the EU and Azerbaijan began
negotiations on a new framework agreement with Azerbaijan designed to give new impetus to
political dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation.
Отношения между Европейским Союзом и Азербайджаном основаны на Соглашении о партнерстве и сотрудничестве, вступившее в силу в 1999 году. В феврале 2017 года ЕС и Азербайджан начали переговоры о новом рамочном соглашении, призванном придать новый импульс политическому диалогу и взаимовыгодному сотрудничеству. Азербайджан является важным энергетическим партнером ЕС и играет ключевую роль в доставке каспийского газа на рынок ЕС.