The time till the signing of an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU should be used for the preparation of various sectors of national economy to work in a free trade area (FTA) with the EU, Head of European Integration at the Presidential Administration Yevhen Perelyhin told TVi television channel.
Ukraine and the European Union are to initial the Association Agreement on March 30. The negotiation process on the document took five years.
Government Commissioner for Ukraine’s European Integration Valeriy Piatnytsky has said that the association agreement between Ukraine and the EU in terms of creating a deep and comprehensive free trade area (FTA) is larger and deeper than a similar agreement with the CIS countries.
Kyiv and Ankara will begin talks on the creation of a free trade area (FTA), Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara on Thursday.
Although an EU-Ukraine summit is due to open on Monday, plans for an association agreement to be signed will not go ahead due to tensions over the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, EU diplomats have said.
Days before a crunch EU-Ukraine summit on 19 December, Kyiv is under increased pressure as Brussels urges its leaders to release political prisoners and Russia moves to take control of its gas pipeline network, diplomats told EurActiv.
Montenegro’s Economy Minister Vladimir Kavarić and his Ukrainian counterpart Andrii Klyuyev signed today in Kyiv the free trade agreement between the two states, which will enable Montenegro to resume its accession negotiations with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and join the organisation in the near future.
Ukraine and the European Union agreed the entire text of the association agreement and free trade zone deal, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Friday.
Ukraine may move closer to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan if the European Union blocks its association agreement with Kiev, Ukraine’s Social Policy Minister Serhiy Tyhypko said.
The European Union’s threat to scrap planned free trade and association agreements with Ukraine if it jails former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is immoral, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Saturday.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich arrived in Poland on Tuesday to meet with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski. The two leaders centered their discussion around Ukraine’s ongoing negotiations toward an association and free trade agreement with the European Union and ways that Poland can help facilitate this process.
Negotiations on the EU association agreement should proceed — this is an issue of strategic importance to Europe — but subsequent steps will inevitably depend on Ukraine’s commitment to the values and principles underpinning European integration, writes Carl Bildt
Yulia Tymoshenko, former prime minister, leader of the All-Ukrainian Association Batkivschyna, is calling on EU leaders to prevent disruption of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
The agreement on the establishment of a free trade area between Ukraine and the European Union is almost ready, although there are three unresolved issues remaining, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says that Russia may apply trade protective measures if Ukraine and the European Union sign a free trade area agreement
A proposed free trade zone with the European Union could slow economic growth in Ukraine, the country’s deputy economics minister said in an interview published on Tuesday.
The agreement on a free trade zone between Ukraine and European Union will strengthen the competitiveness of the EU itself. This opinion was expressed by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko at a joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Germany, Guido Westerwelle, during his official visit to Kyiv.
Ukrainian winemakers will be forced to stop labelling their sparkling white wines as "Champagne" as part of a free trade agreement with the European Union due to be signed later this year.
The Ukraine’s confectionary industry, which employs 300,000 people, is reportedly under threat from FTA talks with the EU.
There were hopes that in the final stages of the EU-Ukraine FTA negotiations the EU may be ready to add a membership perspective. However, EU sources say this is not going to happen.