The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: Assessment of an Innovative Legal Instrument

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Guillaume Van der Loo

Ghent University

Peter Van Elsuwege

Ghent University

Roman Petrov

National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA)

Date Written: July 10, 2014

Abstract

This paper analyses the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA). It argues that this new legal framework, which has the objective to establish a unique form of political association and economic integration, is characterised by three specific features: comprehensiveness, complexity and conditionality. After a brief background of the EU-Ukraine relations, the following aspects are scrutinised: legal basis and objectives, institutional framework and mechanisms of enhanced conditionality and legislative approximation. In addition, constitutional challenges for the effective implementation of the EU-Ukraine AA are discussed. Based upon a comparison with other EU external agreements, it is demonstrated that the AA is an innovative legal instrument providing for a new type of integration without membership.

Keywords: European Union, Ukraine, Association Agreement, Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade, Integration, Legislative Approximation

Suggested Citation

Van der Loo, Guillaume and Van Elsuwege, Peter and Petrov, Roman, The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: Assessment of an Innovative Legal Instrument (July 10, 2014). EUI Department of Law Research Paper No. 2014/09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2464681 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2464681

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