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Latest business news about Ukraine and the European Union.

EU unwavering in its support for Ukraine
At the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit in Kiev Monday, the European Union affirmed its strong partnership with Ukraine as well as its support for the country's continued progress on reform and fighting corruption.

EU-Ukraine support
During the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit, Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn signed with his Ukrainian government counterparts 4 programmes, worth EUR 109 million from the Commission's 2019 annual support package to Ukraine. The new EU support package will focus on decentralisation, the fight against corruption, supporting civil society and technical cooperation for the facilitation of key reforms and the implementation of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.

Ukraine needs to step up fight against corruption: EU report
Ukraine has made progress in important areas, but the pace of reforms in areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures is too slow, the EU said Friday in its Association Implementation Report.

EU strengthens sanctions against North Korea
EU ministers strengthened restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Thursday, and prolonged sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Gas-sharing move to secure EU gas supply
Any EU member state facing an urgent gas shortage will be able to trigger cross-border assistance from its neighbours under new cooperation rules approved by the European Parliament Tuesday.

Tusk cements EU-Ukraine partnership, urges unity
The EU cemented its partnership with Ukraine at a summit Thursday, as Council president Donald Tusk urged the country to keep 'your unity at any cost, and avoid like the plague internal conflicts.'

EU Court upholds sanctions against Russia's Rosneft
The European Court of Justice on Tuesday declared valid EU sanctions against Russian companies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, including Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil giant.

EU reaffirms strong support for Ukraine
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
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
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?
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
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.

EU-Ukraine Association Agreement: free trade part operational 1 January 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This World Bank site provides information about the procedures and costs associated with starting a business in Ukraine.

EU Delegation to Ukraine
Contacts of the European Delegation to Ukraine