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All the materials marked with tag: Association Agreement
2 FebruaryPolitics
In three years since the Euromaidan, what has changed among ordinary Ukrainians? What trends suggest the direction Ukrainian society is moving in? Recent polls provide some answers to these questions
21 October, 2016Economics
Pro-Russian oligarchs have begun a serious push to persuade Ukrainians that the only way to a better life is to renew “torn” economic ties with Russia. This flies in the face of facts on the ground
18 April, 2016
This Wednesday, April 6, the Netherlands voted against the association agreement with Ukraine. Here, I will bring forward a few observations and conclusions
29 February, 2016World
Democraten-66 MPs about the upcoming referendum on EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and their Yes campaign in the Netherlands
27 January, 2016
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister on EU and Ukraine, elections in the Donbas, the Normandy format negotiations, and Ukraine’s diplomatic relations with Russia
2 February, 2015Economics
If current trends in bilateral trade are maintained, by 2016 Ukraine will be ready to survive even a full-scale Russian trade blockade
4 January, 2015World
The Ukrainian Week talked to Vaira Vike-Freiberga, the sixth President of Latvia, about the EU’s strategies towards Ukraine, differences between new and old member-states and ways to counter Russian propaganda
4 January, 2015
More than ever Ukraine needs statesmen with a long term vision looking beyond the horizon of their current mandate
27 June, 2014News
EU leaders claim that new sanctions against Russia could be passed anytime, the European Council says in its conclusions on Ukraine passed at the session in Brussels today
27 June, 2014News
Ukraine signed the Association Agreement with the EU on Friday, June 27, in Brussels
17 June, 2014News
Ukraine’s Premier Arseniy Yatseniuk believes that Russia has disrupted gas talks not least because of the upcoming visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Brussels to sign the economic part of the Association Agreement with the EU, he said when speaking in Parliament
28 January, 2014
The EuroMaidan began as a protest against President Yanukovych’s decision to disrupt the Association Agreement with the EU. Over the past two months, it has escalated into resistance to the government and President Yanukovych himself
15 January, 2014Politics
The role of the West in Ukraine's political crisis as seen by European and American experts
13 January, 2014
Appeals for targeted sanctions against Ukrainian officials responsible for the violent crackdown of peaceful demonstrations and the use of force and persecution against journalists and protesters figure high in the messages of Ukrainian opposition, civil society and protesters of EuroMaidan to the West, in particular to the U.S. and to the EU. Apart from Yanukovych, his family members and state officials, the protesters call on the West to include business elites, so called oligarchs, supporting Yanukovych’s regime in the list of sanctioned individuals.
30 December, 2013News
“The Moscow deal further reduces Ukrainian room for maneuver in its foreign and internal policies. Russian loan and cheaper gas price will allow Ukrainian government to freeze major problems in Ukrainian economy until 2015 elections but it is not a support which can solve growing economic instability,” says Wojciech Kononczuk, Head of Department for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova at the OSW (Centre for Eastern Studies) think-tank, in his comment for The Ukrainian Week
23 December, 2013News
The EU is still ready to help Ukraine even financially, but only if the Association Agreement is signed and implemented, Czech diplomat Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, told Czech Television (ČT) today. The Prague Post reports.
17 December, 2013
The brutal truth is that public opinion in many Western countries cares little for Ukraine – and certainly not enough to risk an open confrontation with Moscow
29 November, 2013Politics
The disruption of association with the EU revealed two crucial things. One - Ukraine has proven incapable of acting as an independent state. Two - European and American policies in Eastern Europe failed because rhetoric was the only thing confronting Putin’s pressure.
26 November, 2013News
Ukraine has not lost it all in terms of the Association Agreement. Even if it doesn’t sign it at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, the country’s story of European integration will not end, says Alexander Kwasniewski, former Polish president and member of the European Parliament Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, as quoted by the Polish online publication Money.pl
26 November, 2013Politics
Top international publications report on Ukrainians who took it to the street this Sunday to protest against their government’s decision to suspend preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU
25 November, 2013World
Being in the centre of a clash between civilizations of the East and the West, Ukraine is both a detonator and an object of that clash. In many aspects, its choice is crucial to itself - and Europe's future
23 November, 2013News
The statement of the Ukrainian government on suspension of preparations for the Association Agreement will have broad impact on Ukraine, but also on those that support European integration in other Eastern Partnership countries, says Amanda Paul, a Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, in her commentary to The Ukrainian Week
22 November, 2013Politics
The latest developments make the prospects of signing the Association Agreement very vague. What can Europe do with Ukraine after 28/11?
22 November, 2013News
Former co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for Ukraine Hanne Severinsen says that turning point, which Vilnius summit could become for Ukraine, seems now to have been lost by a Regime that only has their private interests to fight for.
21 November, 2013News
Swedish Foreign Minister Karl Bildt believes that the decision of the Ukrainian government to suspend preparations for the signing of the Association Agreement is pressure from Russia, he writes on Twitter
21 November, 2013News
Ukrainian government is not ready for the benefits of European integration in the near future, therefore it opts for short-term benefits in the CIS, comments political analyst Vadym Karasiov on the suspension of the preparation for the Association Agreement signing in Vilnius.
21 November, 2013
EU member-state embassies should transform into portals between the past and the future, rather than reserves of Euro-robots sending some to heaven, and others to purgatory
20 November, 2013Economics
The Ukrainian Week holds a mini-survey of business associations and executives on how the Association Agreement can affect their life in Ukraine
20 November, 2013Politics
The Ukrainian Week polls members of the major political parties on the recent developments in parliament and chances of signing the Association Agreement
19 November, 2013News
On November 21, the Verkhovna Rada will vote on the European integration laws first thing, Speaker Volodymyr Rybak announces.
19 November, 2013News
President Viktor Yanukovych met with EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle today, the President’s press service reports
19 November, 2013Society
The Ukrainian Week reflects on this in the historic context with historian Stanislav Kulchytsky
18 November, 2013
Linas Linkevičius argues that “Ukraine belongs to Europe, not just geographically” and that a European political project without Ukraine would be less impressive in his interview to European affairs journalist Peter O’Donnell.
14 November, 2013News
EU diplomats have given up hope Ukraine will sign an association and free trade treaty at the Vilnius summit later this month, Andrew Rettman says in his article for EUobserver.
13 November, 2013News
For Putin, ‘losing’ Ukraine would be particularly humiliating, so he will accelerate Russian pressure on Kyiv. However, if Ukraine gives up, it would influence the position of the countries which still expect just to initial the agreements with the EU, says Amanda Paul, a Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, in her article for EPC website.
8 November, 2013News
Ukraine will sign an association agreement with the EU at the end of November, and is ready to make significant changes to its domestic legislation by introducing an anti-discrimination law aimed at protecting the gay and lesbian community, the country's deputy foreign minister, Andrii Olefirov, told EurActiv in an interview
5 November, 2013News
Ukraine is leaving Russia for Europe. But those who expect Ukraine to embark on a fast transformation should not be complacent, the opinion page editor of the business newspaper Vedomosti Maxim Trudolyubov in his Op-Ed article at The New York Times say.
5 November, 2013Politics
Postponed Association Agreement signing may become an effective tool to put pressure on Yanukovych, but will make Ukraine more vulnerable to Russia
4 November, 2013News
Compared to previous EU policies, the EaP toolbox has greater potential to introduce and stimulate domestic reforms in the region. However, the EU's toolbox suffers from major weaknesses, resulting in a series of gaps with partner countries, a senior research fellow at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) Laure Delcour and reader in Politics and International Studies at the University of Birmingham Kataryna Wolczuk in their paper for European Policy Center admit.
4 November, 2013
The EU may be a more direct challenge to Moscow’s ambitions than NATO
1 November, 2013
Ukraine will remain a friend to a democratic Russia in the future. Now, Ukraine and Russia are bound to bid farewell to one another
28 October, 2013News
On October 24, opposition leaders submitted a draft law to ban selective justice and remove barriers to the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU to parliament.
28 October, 2013News
‘Signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in Vilnius on 29th November would send a clear signal that Ukraine has a real alternative partner in the west – and that Brussels means business,’ experts of the Polish Institute of the Foreign Affairs (PISM) Piotr Koscinski and Maya Rostowska say in their guest post for Financial Times blog beyondbrics.
21 October, 2013Politics
The ex-premier’s intention to run in the presidential election may discourage Yanukovych from releasing her in exchange for the Association Agreement
21 October, 2013Politics
Under the cover of European integration, the government has pushed lobbied initiatives through parliament
21 October, 2013News
The issue on the release of Tymoshenko based on a request from the EP Mission of Pat Cox and Aleksander Kwasniewski may be solved this Thursday
10 October, 2013News
The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs approved the report saying that the EU should sign the Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in November and start temporary enactment immediately if Ukraine meets the necessary conditions.
7 October, 2013News
Having made their fortunes in the chaotic and lawless privatisation of the 1990s, they are now looking for the rule of law and property rights which can be provided to them by the EU, The Economist claims.
7 October, 2013News
The biggest weapon in the European Commission's arsenal, is preparing he complaint against Russia's abuse of the European gas market, journalist for the Economist and the author of the book ‘The New Cold War’ Edward Lucas says.
7 October, 2013
At the Yalta European Strategy (YES) summit, The Ukrainian Week talks to Petro Poroshenko about European integration, Ukrainian-Russian relations and Kyiv mayor election. Interviewed by Sébastien Gobert
7 October, 2013Politics
In his exclusive interview for The Ukrainian Week, Lithuania’s Prime-Minister Algirdas Butkevičius talks about the importance of the Association Agreement for Ukraine at the Vilnius Summit and the impact of European integration on his country
4 October, 2013News
Ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko accepts the proposal to get medical treatment in Germany. Her lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko read her statement on September 4
4 October, 2013News
European Commissioner for Trade Karl De Gucht discussed trade and economic aspects of the impending Association Agreement and progress toward its signature during his meetings with the Ukrainian authorities on October 1-2, EU Co-Operation News reports
3 October, 2013News
President Bronislaw Komorowski has told Polish Radio he is optimistic that Ukraine will sign an association agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius in late November, Polskie Radio reports
1 October, 2013Officially
Parliamentary Assembly's written declaration No.554
26 September, 2013News
Opening up European markets to Ukraine and vice versa could be potentially a game-changer in the Eastern European region, Adam Reichardt, editor-in-chief of New Eastern Europe, urges in his article.
25 September, 2013News
The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee supports draft request for the European Commission on measures in response to Russia’s pressure against Eastern Partnership countries drafted by MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski (EPP Group, Poland). The Committee passed this decision at a meeting on September 24
24 September, 2013Politics
As the November Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius draws closer, doubts fade that Kyiv and Brussels will sign the Association Agreement. How they see its implementation, is the question
23 September, 2013News
It is unknown whether ex-premier Tymoshenko now wishes she had left Ukraine shortly after she faced criminal cases as advised by her family and close allies. It is almost sure, though, that President Yanukovych wishes she had.Reported by Oleksandr Mykhelson
13 September, 2013News
On September 12, the European Parliament passed a resolution where it qualified Russia’s actions with respect to Eastern Partnership countries inacceptable and called on the European Commission to take specific actions to support these countries
2 September, 2013News
“Russia’s increasing pressure on its neighbor-states means that Washington and Brussels are still unable to articulate a coherent policy towards those states”, - writes Stephen Blank, senior fellow for Russia at the American Foreign Policy Council, in Washington
23 August, 2013Politics
Ukraine’s economic dependence on the Customs Union is exaggerated in an effort to disrupt the Association Agreement
23 August, 2013Politics
Despite Viktor Yanukovych’s fear of Yulia Tymoshenko, whom he evidently considers his main political rival, he may agree to let her receive medical treatment in Germany. On one hand, this would sharply increase the regime’s chances of signing an Association Agreement with the EU, while on the other, it would create new obstacles for the opposition
21 August, 2013News
As oligarchs influence country's political and economic development, the result of Vilnius Summit will highly depend on their gains from the Association Agreement; write Piotr Kościński and Ievgen Vorobiov, PISM experts
14 August, 2013News
14 August, 2013
British Ambassador in Ukraine Simon Smith: “Progressive association with the EU, its standards and practices will be profoundly beneficial for Ukraine and will help it unlock its potential”
6 August, 2013Politics
Developments in Ukraine and the lack of effect from the standard techniques of the Russian World have unnerved Vladimir Putin. This may push the Kremlin to radical steps to disrupt the signing of the Association Agreement and DCFTA with the EU and to eliminate the threat of a possible shift in Ukraine’s foreign policy after the 2015 presidential election
6 August, 2013Politics
Chatham House’s James Sherr speaks on Russian diplomacy and the Kremlin’s possible efforts to hamper Ukraine’s real European integration
5 August, 2013News
As deadlines near on the future of Ukraine's ties with Europe, President Viktor Yanukovich is under pressure to put aside personal animosity and let his jailed opponent, Yulia Tymoshenko, go to Germany for medical treatment, Reuters reports.
2 August, 2013News
The issue of imprisoned ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is moving towards a resolution but Ukraine has to step up other reforms reports 15min.lt
1 August, 2013News
Despite Kremlin’s attempts, Ukraine has hopes to sign an association agreement in November
30 July, 2013News
Günter Verheugen (SDP), a former European Commission vice president sees “double-standards” in the German government's handling of Ukraine's bid to conclude an association agreement with the EU, EurActive reports.
22 July, 2013News
An Association Agreement would help Ukraine along the rocky path towards democracy and away from the specter of Sovietism, claims Nicholas Kaufmann. Otherwise, Ukraine will return under Putin’s fold
5 July, 2013News
4 July, 2013News
4 July, 2013News
The Eastern Partnership was a “model of EU integration without membership” but that it needed success stories in order to have a future, said Laurynas Kasčiūnas, an analyst at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius
4 July, 2013News
Ukraine should be strategically anchored inside Europe and use the long drawn-out ratification process by 28 EU members and the European parliament to secure a deal on Tymoshenko, cites GlobalPost
4 July, 2013News
Kiev knows it has little to fear from the US Senate Resolution 165 on Ukraine, recently introduced and pending in the Foreign Relations Committee; it does not threaten sanctions and has nothing in common with the Magnitsky Bill on Russia, writes Taras Kuzio for the GlobalPost
27 June, 2013News
Sikorski said that Ukraine had “time until the end of the summer, if it wants to sign the Agreement in Vilnius,” reports EurActive
24 June, 2013News
24 June, 2013News
Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister says that Ukraine's key co-operation deal with the European Union is in jeopardy because the former Soviet republic lags behind in justice system standards, cites The Province.
24 June, 2013News
20 June, 2013News
Ukraine should take advantage of the historic opportunity to pursue its hopes for European integration, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, Ambassador-designate to Ukraine Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in his statement.
20 June, 2013News
Ukraine still has not chosen between EU and Russia, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said in his interview to EurActiv.
19 June, 2013News
Ukraine has not reached visible progress on any of the EU’s 11 criteria, says the expert monitoring report from the Ukraine-EU Association: How Ukraine fulfills conditions for the signing of the Association Agreement roundtable presented on June 18 by the International Renaissance Foundation
18 June, 2013
“Ukraine is a leader of democratic transformations in the post-Soviet space,” Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Leonid Kozhara recently said, trying to convince his audience in Paris. No French journalist present at the breakfast with the Ukrainian minister published this bold statement. The West press is not that gullible. Even those who have never travelled to Latvia, Lithuania or Estonia can distinguish between democracy and autocracy.
17 June, 2013News
Premier Mykola Azarov does not want to link Ukraine's European integration to the future of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, he says in an interview for Le Figaro before his visit to France.
14 June, 2013News
Ukraine must stop balancing between EU and Russia and finally make a geopolitical choice, Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski claims in his article for Financial Times.
13 June, 2013News
“Lithuania hopes that the EU will sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine during the EU Eastern Partnership Summit on 28-29 November, 2013 in Vilnius,” claims Gediminas Kirkilas, the Vice-Speaker of the Lithuanian’s Seimas and the Chairman of the European Affairs Committee, in his opinion for The Lithuania Tribune.
11 June, 2013News
In the next months Viktor Yanukovych faces a decision point concerning Ukraine`s geopolitical choice, argues Brookings Institution, American analytical institute.
7 June, 2013News
The signing of the memorandum with Customs Union proves that blocking the progress of Ukraine’s integration with the EU is an important goal for Russia, Szymon Kardaś and Tadeusz Iwański, experts at Polish Institute of International Affairs, Polish think-tank, write in their article.
6 June, 2013News
Tangible progress on reforms rather than geopolitical considerations is essential for EU to sign the Association Agreement with Ukraine, David O'Sullivan, the chief operating officer of the European External Action Service told the European Parliament at a public hearing organised by the Yushchenko Institute of former President Viktor Yushchenko, and hosted by the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), EurActiv reports.
6 June, 2013News
“Instead of rushing toward agreement, the EU should allow Ukrainians to define their own pace of moving toward signing, which may well be after the summit,” Olga Shumylo-Tapiola, a visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels, writes in her article published on the website of think-tank.
4 June, 2013News
Having attained observer status at the Customs Union Ukraine showed EU that it has an alternative, MEP Marek Siwiec argues in his blog for BlogActiv.
3 June, 2013
Swedish economist and a senior fellow at the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics, Andres Aslund believes that the time of financial crisis is the best time for Ukraine to implement economic reforms.
31 May, 2013Economics
Customs Union? Thanks, but no thanks. Free Trade Area with the EU? Yes, but not only.
31 May, 2013Politics
A poor understanding of the domestic situation in Ukraine prevents the EU from developing an efficient policy regarding official Kyiv. The numerous events dedicated to Ukraine that are taking place in Europe do not help
31 May, 2013
Angela Merkel is known for not forgetting or forgiving people who don’t play fair. Therefore, she finds it hard to cede to Yanukovych
30 May, 2013News
European Commission has underlined that cooperation between Ukraine and the Customs Union should not contradict Ukraine's future commitments under the agreement, reports Interfax-Ukraine News Agency.
29 May, 2013News
Key judicial and rule-of-law reforms in Ukraine must not only be adopted but carried out ahead of the November Eastern Partnership Summit, foreign affairs MEPs told the Ukrainian foreign minister, Leonid Kozhara, at the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.
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