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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), 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.

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini has presented the third progress report on the implementation of the European Union Global Strategy, “The EU Global Strategy in Practice - Three years on, looking forward”, which will be discussed by the EU Foreign and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council on 17 June 2019 in Luxembourg. The report looks at the progress achieved over the past three years, since the presentation of the Global Strategy in June 2016, in five priority areas - the security of the Union, state and social resilience to our east and south, an integrated approach to conflicts and crises, cooperative regional orders and global governance for the 21st century - and provides possible orientations for the way forward in the coming years.

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.

Relations between the European Union and Armenia are based on the EU-Armenia Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership
Agreement (CEPA), a modern, comprehensive and ambitious Agreement, which was signed on 24 November 2017 in the margins of the
Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels and entered into provisional application on 1 June 2018. This Agreement provides a framework
for Armenia and the EU to work together for the benefit of the citizens of Armenia in the areas of strengthening democracy and
human rights, creating more jobs and business opportunities, fairer rules, more safety and security, cleaner environment as well as
better education and opportunities for research.

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Bilateral relations between the European Union and Turkmenistan are governed by an Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters, which entered into force in August 2010, pending ratification of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) by the European Parliament.

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1 February 2019 will be a milestone in the EU-Japan relationship. On that date, the economic partnership agreement (EPA) will become effective, creating an open trading area covering over 600 million people and almost one third of the world’s total GDP.

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The European Union and Singapore have today signed three agreements, taking their political, trade, and investment relations to a new level. Together, they signify an important step towards increasing the EU's presence in a fast-growing, important region.

On 15 October, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Singapore: a free trade agreement and an investment protection agreement. The EU and Singapore are expected to sign both agreements, as well as a partnership and cooperation agreement, on 19 October, in the margins of the ASEM summit, in Brussels.

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