European Council adopts EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
On 11 July 2017, the European Council adopted a decision to conclude the Association Agreement with Ukraine on behalf of the European Union.
This is the final step of the ratification process through which the EU and Ukraine commit to a close, long-term relationship in all the main policy areas. It will allow the full implementation of the agreement as of 1 September 2017.
Most of the Association Agreement is already operational. Many political and sectoral parts of the agreement have been provisionally applied since 1 September 2014, while its trade part – the deep and comprehensive free trade area (DCFTA) – has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2016.
The Agreement also provides for close cooperation in migration, asylum and border management. Thus, Article 16 reaffirms the importance of joint management of migration flows between the parties' territories and further development of the comprehensive dialogue on all migration-related issues, including illegal migration, legal migration, smuggling of and trafficking in human beings, as well as the inclusion of migration concerns in the national strategies for economic and social development of the areas from which migrants originate.