Highlights from the 4th session of the EU-Ukraine Association Council
The Association Council i between the EU and Ukraine held its 4th meeting on 8 December 2017.
We met for the first time since the entry into force of our Association Agreement i and of visa free travel for Ukrainians to the EU. These two achievement show that by working closely together we can achieve really tangible and positive results for our citizens.
Federica Mogherini i, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
A joint statement by the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman was issued following the Association Council.
The Council reviewed the state of EU-Ukraine bilateral relations . It took stock of progress in the implementation of the EU-Ukraine association agreement.
The Council examined the reform process in Ukraine, as part of the political dialogue and cooperation. The Council will discuss anti-corruption as well reforms of the judiciary.
The Council addressed the economic situation and EU cooperation with Ukraine. It reviewed reforms in a number of areas, including finance, energy, health and education.
The Council discussed bilateral trade and the implementation of the deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA).
In addition, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman discussed situation in the east of Ukraine and in the illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol, as well as regional issues.
In the margins of the Association Council, they witnessed the signature of:
-a financing agreement for the EU support programme to the east of Ukraine, a € 50 million contribution to strengthen the local governance, economic recovery, community security and social cohesion in the government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions;
-a financing agreement to ease Ukraine's participation in the EU strategy for the Danube region and to allow for full integration into the Danube transnational programme to promote sustainable economic growth and cooperation in the Danube basin