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EU reaffirms strong support for Ukraine 20 December 2016, 00:57 CET
The EU reaffirmed its support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity Monday, reiterating its refusal to recognise the "illegal annexation of Crimea and Sebastopol" by the Russian Federation.

EU pledges support to Ukraine at summit 24 November 2016, 22:48 CET
EU leaders gave Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko full support at a summit Thursday at which they cemented a deal on visa-free travel and praised the country's reform effort.

EU states agree visa-free travel for Ukraine in principle 21 November 2016, 18:52 CET
European Union states agreed Thursday the principle of short-term visa-free travel for Ukrainians to the EU, just days before an EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels.

Deepening EU-Ukrainian Relations: What, Why and How? 05 October 2016, 22:55 CET
This handbook explains in readily comprehensible language what the new Association Agreement and its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the European Union and Ukraine means in legal, political and economic terms. This treaty is a milestone in the history of Ukraine's place in Europe, and definitively marks the country's post-Soviet independence. It is also a new model treaty for the EU's relations with its closest neighbours.

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.

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.

Ukraine - Russia gas deal 31 October 2014, 11:14 CET
A 4.6 billion dollar winter package was agreed at a Ukraine - Russia meeting brokered by the EU on 30 October, which secures gas for Ukraine - and ultimately also for Europe.

Jewish life in Ukraine: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism 28 October 2014, 11:01 CET
Part of a four-part series funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe that looks at Jewish life in east-central Europe since the collapse of communism, the Ukraine report calls for the development of a common organisational framework to bring together the various Jewish communities throughout the country; support from international foundations to enable the Jewish community to become less dependent on external sources of financial support; and a more inclusive policy on Jewish status issues given the high levels of intermarriage in the country. In addition, the report stresses the need for enhancements in the field of Jewish education, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of trained teachers and educators, and access to better quality Russian and Ukrainian-language educational materials. Given the extraordinary history of Jewish life in the country, the recommendations also push for the preservation of this heritage and the utilisation of it for community development purposes. The report also explores the issue of antisemitism in Ukraine, and calls for the establishment of a centre to monitor antisemitic incidents, and to liaise with government, the police and security services to counter it. The research was conducted by community activist and doctoral student Darina Privalko under the advice of Dr Betsy Gidwitz, a former Soviet-area specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Versions of the report are also available in Ukrainian and Russian.

Agreement on gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine 28 April 2014, 17:07 CET
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) enabling gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine was signed in Bratislava on 28 April 2014. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, attended the ceremony together with Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico and Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan. The Commission acted as a facilitator in the negotiations that led to the breakthrough. Along with the MoU, the gas pipeline operators concerned – the Slovakian company Eustream and the Ukrainian company Ukrtransgaz – signed a Framework Interconnection Agreement today, laying out the technical details of the foreseen solution.

European Commission support to Ukraine 05 March 2014, 22:23 CET
The European Commission agreed on 5 March a package of support identifying a number of concrete measures to assist Ukraine economically and financially. These measures should be seen as the Commission's contribution to a European and international effort to support Ukraine's economic and political reforms, and will be presented to the EU Heads of State and Government ahead of their extraordinary meeting on Thursday 6 March.

Main facts behind crisis in Ukraine 03 December 2013, 18:18 CET
Ukraine is undergoing its deepest political crisis since the 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution as it once again chooses between keeping ties to old master Russia and tying its future more closely with the West.

EU Strategy for the Danube Region 10 April 2013, 21:31 CET
The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a united response to challenges affecting an area which stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, including over 100 million inhabitants. Many of the region’s problems know no borders: flooding, transport and energy links, environmental protection and challenges to security all demand a united approach. The 14 countries in the region, with the support of the European Commission, are cooperating to develop projects and actions that meet these challenges and build prosperity in the Danube region.

Annual European Neighbourhood Policy reports 2009 13 May 2010, 15:32 CET
The annual European Neighbourhood Policy reports once again demonstrate the clear benefits that the European Union brings to its neighbours. For five years, the European Union has been delivering more trade, more aid, more people-to-people contacts and far deeper co-operation between the EU and its neighbours on the whole range of their economic, political and sectoral reforms. Our partnership has significantly developed in areas like transport, energy, environment and climate change, research, health and education. This has been backed up with an increase in the current Financial Framework by 32% and will reach over EUR 2 billion annually in 2013.

Ukraine is more than just a transit country 25 February 2010, 23:23 CET
Ukraine is one of the top 20 countries in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and it is the site of Chernobyl. It is also a country which, after it became independent, gave up its nuclear weapons.

EU-Ukraine Free Trade Area 11 February 2010, 17:12 CET
The EU-Ukraine Free Trade Area is part of the EU's wider policy of creating a stable and prosperous European neighborhood through closer economic ties.

Ukraine: Economy Overview 11 February 2010, 16:49 CET
Ukraine reached an agreement with the IMF for a $16.5 billion standby arrangement in November 2008 to deal with the economic crisis. However, political turmoil in Ukraine as well as deteriorating external conditions are likely to hamper efforts for economic recovery.

Starting a business in Ukraine 11 February 2010, 16:23 CET
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Ukraine.

EU Delegation to Ukraine 11 February 2010, 16:15 CET
Contacts of the European Delegation to Ukraine