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EU proposes visa-free travel for Ukraine citizens 21 April 2016, 00:16 CET
The EU is proposing lifting visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine by adding the country to its list of countries whose citizens are able to travel without a visa to the Schengen area.

Dutch vote on key EU-Kiev pact as Europe watches 06 April 2016, 17:26 CET
Dutch people were voting Wednesday on whether to back a key EU pact with Ukraine in a referendum triggered by grassroots eurosceptic groups and seen as a yardstick on ties with Brussels.

Dutch voters gear up for poll on key EU-Kiev deal 03 April 2016, 05:42 CET
Dutch voters are gearing up to make their voices heard on a key European cooperation deal with Ukraine, in a referendum next week organised by eurosceptic groups and seen as a proxy poll on EU ties.

Europe must share data on warzone aviation risks: report 18 March 2016, 12:04 CET
European countries must do a better job sharing information on the risk to civil aviation over conflict zones, said a report commissioned after the downing of MH17 over Ukraine and published Thursday.

Ukraine passes graft bill needed for visa-free travel to EU 15 March 2016, 21:46 CET
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved a key anti-corruption bill that Kiev hopes will pave the way for visa-free travel to EU countries this year.

EU extends sanctions on individuals over Ukraine to Sept 11 March 2016, 17:15 CET
The European Union on Thursday extended by six months until September sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals over the conflict in Ukraine, it said in a statement.

EU set to extend sanctions on individuals over Ukraine to Sept 09 March 2016, 20:25 CET
The European Union will extend for a further six months until September sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals over the conflict in Ukraine, EU sources said on Wednesday.

Five EU states seek sanctions against Russian officials over Savchenko 09 March 2016, 15:26 CET
Five EU states have proposed sanctions against Russian officials responsible for the trial of hunger-striking Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said Wednesday.

British anti-EU leader to back 'no' vote in Dutch polls 27 February 2016, 12:45 CET
Leading British eurosceptic Nigel Farage will visit the Netherlands in April to help whip up support for a key Dutch referendum aimed at opposing an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine.

Orban tells Putin EU unlikely to 'automatically' extend Russia sanctions 17 February 2016, 23:11 CET
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that European Union countries were increasingly keen to cooperate with Moscow and will not "automatically" extend sanctions over Ukraine.

EU court throws out sanctions against five Ukraine old guard 28 January 2016, 16:19 CET
An EU court on Thursday annulled European Union sanctions against five Ukrainians, including two former prime ministers, because the bloc had wrongly found them at fault over embezzling state funds.

Dutch 'no' to Kiev-EU accord could trip crisis: Juncker 09 January 2016, 11:17 CET
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged Dutch voters Saturday not to oppose an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine, saying such a move "could open the doors to a continental crisis".

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: free trade part operational 1 January 2016 04 January 2016, 22:46 CET
On 1 January 2016, the European Union and Ukraine started applying the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) which forms part of the Association Agreement signed in June 2014. The rest of the Association Agreement has already been in force since November 2014.

EU blames Russia for failure of last-ditch trade talks 21 December 2015, 18:55 CET
The European Union on Monday blamed Russia for the failure of last-ditch talks meant to ease Moscow's fears about an EU free trade accord with Ukraine that is due to take effect on January 1.

EU extends sanctions against defiant Russia 21 December 2015, 18:58 CET
The EU extended damaging economic sanctions against Russia on Monday amid sharp differences over relations with Moscow which struck back with a furious tirade and its own import ban against Ukraine.

EU agrees to extend Russia economic sanctions for 6 months 18 December 2015, 19:21 CET
EU member states agreed Friday to roll over for another six months damaging economic sanctions against Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis, EU sources said.

Juncker recommends visa liberalisation for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo 18 December 2015, 16:27 CET
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.

Russia not pondering sanctions against Ukraine, Putin says 17 December 2015, 11:57 CET
President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia was not planning to impose sanctions against Ukraine after Moscow slashed its free trade agreement with Kiev as it is set to enter a similar deal with Brussels.

Russia suspends free-trade deal with Ukraine from 2016 16 December 2015, 22:40 CET
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree suspending Russia's free-trade agreement with Ukraine as of January 1, the same day Kiev is set to enter a similar trade deal with Brussels.

Ukraine says Russia won't derail EU trade pact 16 December 2015, 20:22 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed Wednesday to push through a trade deal with the European Union that is due to begin in 2016, despite Russia's suspension of its own such pact with Kiev in apparent retaliation.

EU leaders set to extend Russia sanctions at summit 15 December 2015, 11:26 CET
EU leaders will debate sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict at a summit this week and are expected to extend them for six months, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday.

Italy wants to maintain Russia ties despite Ukraine crisis 11 December 2015, 19:12 CET
Italy, one of Russia's principal trading partners in Europe, wants to keep communication channels with Moscow open despite the Ukrainian crisis, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Friday.

'Clock ticking very fast' for EU-Ukraine-Russia deal 02 December 2015, 12:01 CET
The EU, Ukraine and Russia failed Tuesday to reach a deal to placate Moscow's fierce opposition to a free trade accord between Europe and Kiev that will enter into force in January.

EU reassures Ukraine despite overtures to Russia 26 November 2015, 15:44 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday the European Union had assured him it would keep its focus on Kiev despite efforts by some of the bloc's members to enlist Russia in a coalition against the Islamic State.

Ukraine bans workplace discrimination against gays 12 November 2015, 18:49 CET
Ukraine's parliament Thursday finally banned discrimination against gays in the workplace during a heated session on legislation that could open the door to visa-free travel to much of the EU in 2016.