What Does the Association Agreement Mean for Ukraine, the EU and Its Member States? A Legal Appraisal
Het eerste raadgevend referendum. Het EU-Oekraїne Associatieakkoord (Montesquieu Institute, Den Haag), pp. 71-88, 2016
13 Pages Posted: 16 May 2016
Date Written: March 01, 2016
This paper analyses the EU Association Agreement (AA) with Ukraine. It argues that this new legal framework, the objective of which is to establish a form of close political association and economic integration, is important for several reasons. First, the AA replaces the outdated Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and includes a comprehensive agenda for bilateral cooperation covering all areas of common interest. Second, it contains binding, rules-based provisions aiming at the export of EU rules and values. Third, the AA provides an ambitious agenda for Ukraine’s political and economic reform.
Keywords: Ukraine, European Neighbourhood Policy, Eastern Partnership, Association Agreement, EU Acquis
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