Ukraine and the EU
Latest business news about Ukraine and the European Union.
- 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
- 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.
- Ukraine 'open to talks' with Russia over EU trade deal — 02 December 2015, 17:59 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday said Kiev was open to last-minute talks aimed at overcoming fierce Russian opposition to a free trade accord between his country and the European Union.
- '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
- 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.
- Ukraine fails again to ban discrimination against gays — 10 November 2015, 23:32 CET
Ukraine's parliament failed for the second time Tuesday to adopt a ban
on anti-gay discrimination in the workplace, though it did vote in five
other laws needed to secure visa-free travel to most EU nations.
- EU says Ukraine would gain 'credibility' by beating graft — 09 November 2015, 18:13 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Ukrainian President
Petro Poroshenko Monday to take tougher and more immediate action
against corruption as his ex-Soviet country moves closer to Europe.
- Ukraine snubs free travel to Europe over anti-gay law — 05 November 2015, 21:31 CET
Ukraine's parliament Thursday scuppered the ex-Soviet country's chances of visa-free travel to most EU nations by blocking legislation that would have banned discrimination against gays in the workplace.
- Eurosceptics force Dutch referendum on EU treaty with Ukraine — 14 October 2015, 17:35 CET
Dutch voters are heading to the polls next spring for a rare non-binding
referendum over a key EU-Ukraine treaty, after eurosceptics forced a
vote on the issue.
- Russia's Gazprom resumes gas supplies to Ukraine — 12 October 2015, 20:44 CET
Gazprom on Monday resumed gas supplies to Ukraine after receiving prepayment of $234 million (206 million euros) from Kiev, assuaging European fears about a new energy crisis ahead of the winter heating season.
- EU welcomes Ukraine rebel poll delay as 'fundamental step' — 06 October 2015, 16:22 CET
The EU welcomed Tuesday a decision by pro-Russian Ukraine rebels to
delay planned elections until 2016 as a "fundamental step" towards full
implementation of the Minsk peace accords.
- EU growth too weak for Ukraine to join: economist Sachs — 02 October 2015, 15:07 CET
Economic growth in the European Union is too weak to allow for Ukraine
to join the 28-member bloc, according to leading US economist and
reformer Jeffrey Sachs.
- EU, Russia, Ukraine agree winter gas supply deal — 30 September 2015, 13:33 CET
Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter under a deal clinched late Friday with the European Union, capping months of difficult talks overshadowed by the Ukrainian conflict.
- Russia offers Ukraine gas price discount ahead of talks — 25 September 2015, 21:01 CET
Moscow said Friday it had offered Kiev a gas price discount that should let the neighbours strike a deal at talks in Brussels on resuming fuel flows for the first time in three months.